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Understanding the data observability capability


The Data Playbook defines a set of capabilities that represent conceptual building blocks that are used to build data-related solutions. See Defining data capabilities to see the full set of capabilities defined in the playbook.

Observability is a critical measure assessing how the internal states of a system can be deduced from its external outputs. It plays a vital role in enhancing the performance of distributed IT systems and is built upon three pillars: metrics, logs, and traces.

Understanding data observability characteristics

  • Metrics, Logs, Traces: Comprehensive observability involves collecting and analyzing metrics, logs, and traces from data systems.
  • Platform Monitoring: Monitoring infrastructure is crucial for detecting and addressing system outages and performance bottlenecks in data and analytics pipelines. Two main components of platform monitoring are:

    • Platform logs which provide detailed diagnostic and auditing information for Azure resources and the Azure platform they depend on. Although they're automatically generated, certain platform logs need to be forwarded to one or more destinations for retention.
    • Platform metrics are created by Azure resources and give visibility into their health and performance. Each type of resource creates a distinct set of metrics without any configuration required. Platform metrics are collected from Azure resources at a one-minute frequency unless specified otherwise in the metric's definition.

Learn more about data observability in Microsoft Fabric

The following lists a few options for observability in Microsoft Fabric:


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