Apache SkyWalking

End-User Tracing in a SkyWalking-Observed Browser

Web application performance affects the retention rate of users. If a page load time is too long, the user will give up. So we need to monitor the web application to understand performance and ensure that servers are stable, available and healthy. Apache SkyWalking is an application performance monitoring (APM) tool designed especially for cloud native and container-based architectures. Its skywalking-client-js is a lightweight, client-side JavaScript exception, performance and tracing library.

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Apache SkyWalking application performance monitoring tool
Apache SkyWalking, Open Source, Tetrate

SkyWalking 8.4 provides infrastucture monitoring for VMs

Apache SkyWalking– the APM tool for distributed systems–  has historically focused on providing observability around tracing and metrics, but service performance is often affected by the host. The newest release, SkyWalking 8.4.0, introduces a new feature for monitoring virtual machines. Users can easily detect possible problems from the dashboard– for example, when CPU usage is overloaded, when there’s not enough memory or disk space, or when the network status is unhealthy, etc.

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SkyWalking
Apache SkyWalking, Open Source

What is Apache SkyWalking? Observing the Heterogenous Stack at Scale

The observability problem for modern DevOps is familiar: As enterprises move to microservices, containerization, multi-language RPC frameworks, and service meshes, there’s an increasing need for users to understand a highly complex, distributed architecture and the dependencies between applications. Apache SkyWalking, an application performance monitor (APM) and observability platform, is an open source project that addresses this need — with or without a service mesh.

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SkyWalking service topology
Apache SkyWalking, Observability, Open Source

Observability at scale: SkyWalking it is!

SkyWalking, a top-level Apache project, is the open source APM and observability analysis platform that is solving the problems of 21st-century systems that are increasingly large, distributed, and heterogenous. It’s built for the struggles system admins face today: To identify and locate needles in a haystack of interdependent services, to get apples-to-apples metrics across polyglot apps, and to get a complete and meaningful view of performance. 

SkyWalking is a holistic platform that can observe microservices on or off a mesh, and can provide consistent monitoring with a lightweight payload.

Let’s take a look at how SkyWalking evolved to address the problem of observability at scale, and grew from a pure tracing system to a feature-rich observability platform that is now used to analyze deployments that collect tens of billions of traces per day. 

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