Metric and Log Monitoring: Do You Really Need Both?

By Jason Skowronski | December 16, 2016

Occasionally, I’ll talk to a developer or operations engineer who says they only use APM or logs as a monitoring solution. They’ll say something like, “We don’t look at logs much since we have New Relic.” Even worse, some rely on their customers to know when something is wrong: “We just check Google Analytics to see if popular pages or actions have gone down.” The surprising thing isn’t necessarily that they have a favorite go-to tool, but that they think it’s sufficient for all their needs. Have we finally achieved the holy grail: a single pane of glass that tells us everything we need to know about operations and performance?