observIQ’s Stanza Log Agent Now Part Of OpenTelemetry Project

by Mike Kelly on January 27, 2021

Today I’m happy to announce that observIQ’s Stanza Log Agent will become a key part of the OpenTelemetry project. This has been in the works for many months and the team at observIQ is thrilled to see it becoming a reality. We’re particularly pleased to see it happening just as we launch our log management platform which will be the first platform to take full advantage of the log agent technology now incorporated into OpenTelemetry.

Our mission since launching observIQ has been to deliver a simple to use, powerful, and performant log management experience. We found that the biggest source of complexity for the customers we worked with was the ingestion pipeline itself. We’ve changed that with observIQ Cloud and we started with the log agent.

We launched Stanza alongside observIQ. It was a critical component for the log management pipeline and it required starting from scratch to build an agent that was performant, highly configurable, with a focus on flexibility. Stanza is a small footprint, high capability, log shipping agent. It uses roughly 10% of the CPU and memory of other popular log agents. We launched as an open source project and committed to keeping it that way. From the beginning we’ve felt strongly that there was an opportunity to take a big step forward in log agent capabilities, and we wanted everyone to benefit from it, whether using observIQ or another platform.

I’ve also strongly believed in the mission of OpenTelemetry since its start in 2019. Like much of the industry, we recognize the value to observability and monitoring in general that will be realized by a standardized telemetry system used by all of the industry’s best platforms. An end to vendor lock-in is key to unlocking innovation.

OpenTelemetry started with tracing and soon moved to add metrics. Together with the OpenTelemetry team, we saw the opportunity to accelerate the log component with the addition of the Stanza project and we quickly moved to make it a reality.

Today, Stanza is a component of OpenTelemetry. Over the next few months, we’ll be making improvements to more tightly couple Stanza with the OpenTelemetry collector.

You can find more information on Stanza and the OpenTelemetry project here. Or sign up for a free trial of observIQ and see Stanza in action as a native component.

Hello From observIQ!

by Mike Kelly on July 21, 2020

At observIQ our mission is to build the very best open source observability solutions for the DevOps and ITOps communities.

Welcome to observIQ!

observIQ is a small group of engineers based in Grand Rapids, Michigan with a long history of developing the very best metric and log observability tools in the world. We’re launching today with our first open source product focused entirely on high performance log data acquisition. We’ve worked together with some of the largest organizations in the industry to solve the challenge of streaming terabytes of logs with the lowest possible resource footprint while maintaining ease of deployment and configurability you’d expect from a high quality log agent. We’re excited to share this project with the community and can’t wait for you to try it out! Read on to hear what to expect from observIQ in the future.

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We May Look Familiar

The observIQ team started as Blue Medora, and for over 10 years developed metric and log integrations for some of the leading organizations in observability. We developed integrations and agent technology for Google, New Relic, IBM, Oracle, and VMware along with many others. As Blue Medora, we developed an unmatched expertise in the field of IT data acquisition. This led to a particularly strong partnership with VMware. Blue Medora delivered metric monitoring integrations to VMware vRealize® Operations customers through the Blue Medora True Visibility Suite of products. Over time, the True Visibility Suite became a critical piece of the VMware vRealize Operations ecosystem. Due to the success of the relationship and a desire to provide a seamless process for our shared customers, VMware acquired the True Visibility Suite team and products from Blue Medora and will move forward with True Visibility Suite as a VMware solution. We couldn’t be happier to see this powerful collection of tools reach more VMware customers.

What’s Next for observIQ?

Over the past several years, apart from the VMware side of our business, we’ve launched a number of market-defining products, most recently BindPlane. BindPlane is the first of its kind platform designed to bring hundreds of metric and log monitoring integrations to nearly any observability platform.

What we’ve found after years of laser focus on the monitoring space, and after talking to hundreds of customers, is that there’s a gap in log management capabilities. Logs are a struggle for most organizations. The growth in log data has been exponential and the tools to monitor logs haven’t kept up with that expansion. Some of the largest organizations in the world are struggling to solve the challenge of shipping terabytes of log data every day, or every hour. The bottleneck is often at the agent level. We’ve been working hand in hand with some of our largest customers to develop a new, high performance, highly configurable, open source log agent capable of meeting their needs. We’re pleased to announce that today it’s available for download.

We’re excited to share this with you and as a way of marking this transition, Blue Medora has now become observIQ. At observIQ we’re focused on solving the log data acquisition challenges through innovative open source products that are designed with performance and configurability first.

The open source log agent is the first product we’re releasing. Architected from the ground up for high performance, the agent is written in Go, optimized for low resource utilization, and designed to have even greater configurability and customizability than legacy agents. We’ve released an initial set of input and output plugins to support the most common workloads and will be releasing new plugins weekly. We developed our agent with open source standards in mind and have designed it for maximum compatibility with existing observability projects.

Coming Soon

Over the next few months, we’ll be launching observIQ Cloud which provides remote configuration, simplified deployment, and best-of-class visualization for a full log solution. Click here to join the beta.

At observIQ we’re producing solutions by engineers for engineers and we love hearing from our customers so connect with us, give our products a try, or consider working here by visiting our careers page if you share our passion for Observability!

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