Too many management tools that don\u2019t integrate well and a lack of visibility into third-party systems are among the problems enterprise IT teams face when they try to manage multivendor, distributed environments.\nCisco\u2019s Full-Stack Observably Platform is designed to collect and correlate data from application, networking, infrastructure, security, and cloud domains to provide a clear view of what\u2019s going on across the enterprise and make it easier for enterprises to spot anomalies, preempt and address performance problems, and improve threat mitigation.\nWhile Cisco has been talking about FSO functionality for a year, it officially announced the platform at its Cisco Live\u00a0event this week.\nLiz Centoni, executive vice president, chief strategy officer, and general manager for applications at Cisco, cited data from IDC on the management challenges that enterprises face. \u201c[IDC] found that, on average, an organization uses anywhere from 10 to 100 different monitoring and observability tools. So, tool sprawl is real. And it creates this challenge in collecting, managing and sharing this data,\u201d Centoni said.\nEnterprises have siloed teams and siloed processes, which results in higher total cost of ownership and operational inefficiency, Centoni said.\n\u201cObservability can become that primary way to reduce this friction between teams, unify the data, unify those actions, unify the practices to enable that flawless digital experience,\u201d she said. \u201cFSO is anchored on metrics, events, logs and traces. [It provides] businesses the ability to do ingestion in real time, from any data source, that lets customers consolidate to fewer tools, collect data from any source, correlate information, and give them AI-driven analysis to predict and prevent problems.\u201d\nCisco's FSO platform supports OpenTelemetry, which is a collection of tools, APIs, and SDKs used to instrument, generate, collect, and export telemetry data to analyze software performance and behavior.\u00a0OpenTelemetry is being developed under the Cloud Native Foundation by\u00a0contributors from AWS, Azure, Cisco, F5, Google Cloud, and VMware, among others. \u00a0\nThe FSO rollout at Cisco Live introduced the platform\u2019s first modules, including:\n\nCloud Native Application Observability: An application performance package to help customers ensure apps are acting in alignment with end-user expectations. It offers indicators of the health and status of applications inside cloud-native elements such as containers, microservices, orchestration tools such as Kubernetes.\nCost Insights: Provides visibility and insights into application-level costs alongside performance metrics, helping businesses understand the fiscal impact of their cloud applications.\nApplication Resource Optimizer: Provides visibility into Kubernetes workload resource utilization, so businesses can maximize resource usage and reduce excessive cloud spend, helping them meet financial targets and sustainability goals.\nSecurity Insights: Combines data from multiple sources to generate a business risk score for applications or services that have a high likelihood of exploitation and attacks. It\u2019s designed to gauge the seriousness of vulnerabilities and prioritize which are most pressing. It gathers data from Cisco\u2019s Kenna Risk Meter, business transaction details from Cisco AppDynamics, API details from its Panoptica software, and threat intelligence data from Talos, its security-research arm.\nCisco AIOps: Visualizes contextualized data relevant to infrastructure, network, incidents, and application performance. The idea is to combine multiple telemetry feeds into a single alert that could be fed wherever the customer wants \u2013 apps, networking, security \u2013 with the goal of spotting and fixing problems more quickly, Cisco stated.\n\nCisco\u2019s FSO platform also integrates with multiple third-party systems. Here are some of the first integrations:\n\nCloudFarix vSphere Observability and Data Modernization: This package monitors vSphere data and correlates it with Kubernetes and infrastructure data to generate insights and recommend actions across infrastructure and the containerized application stack.\nEvolutio Fintech: This financial technology application is designed to help customers draw business insights by monitoring KPIs based on data such as payments and credit card authorizations.\nKanari Capacity Planner and Forecaster: This provides visibility into time series data associated with capacity planning and forecasted events along with risk factors that have been determined through predictive ML algorithms.\n\nAlso under the FSO umbrella is Cisco\u2019s recently announced Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) platform, which more closely ties together the vendor\u2019s AppDynamics application observability capabilities and ThousandEyes network intelligence.\u00a0The goal with DEM is to get business, infrastructure, networking, security operations, and DevSecOps teams working together more effectively to find the root cause of a problem and quickly address the issue, according to Cisco.\nObservability tools and applications are of growing interest to enterprises. Gartner says that by 2024, 30% of enterprises implementing distributed system architectures will have adopted observability techniques to improve digital-business service performance, up from less than 10% in 2020.