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GigaOm Vendor Profile: VMware

An Exploration Based on Key Criteria for Evaluating Cloud Observability

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Key Criteria Analysis
  3. Evolution Metrics
  4. Bottom Line

1. Summary

The VMware TanzuTM solution suite, designed to support cloud, hybrid cloud, and containerized applications, adds observability to its portfolio with Tanzu Observability. VMware is expanding its support for cloud and Kubernetes and this platform, rebranded from the Wavefront product acquired in March 2020, is designed to help produce, maintain, and scale cloud-native applications.

Tanzu Observability offers full-stack observability using operational telemetry such as metrics, traces, histograms, span logs, and events aggregated across distributed applications, application services, container services, and the enterprise multi-cloud based on public, private, and hybrid cloud infrastructures.

The offering has been available for more than seven years now, making it one of the longest-running offerings and a mature one. Tanzu Observability provides effective integration with many AWS offerings, including AWS CloudWatch and AWS CloudTrail, as well as with Google Cloud (GCP Stackdriver) and Microsoft Azure, putting it on par with other observability solutions. VMware product integration with products such as vSphere, vSAN, TMC, TAS, and TKG shines, providing customers with complete observability for their hybrid infrastructure.

Tanzu Observability supports dependency mapping with application and service maps. The application map provides an overview of how the applications and services are linked; it allows users to focus on a specific service and to view request, error, and duration (RED) metrics for each service and its edges. The user can also view traces for the services and edges and drill down from the application map. Service map enables a user to view the service dependencies and follow the flow of request calls from service to service. The user can see the service RED metrics that reflect the service’s health—request count, error count, and trace duration at the 95th percentile, as well as overall traces (root spans) that originate in the service.

For open source enthusiasts, Tanzu Observability provides decent integration with Prometheus, Jaeger, Spring, and Zipkin, and it is OpenTelemetry compliant.

How to Read this Report

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