Elastic Observability 7.16 Released
December 09, 2021
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Elastic announced new features and enhancements across the Elastic Observability solution in its 7.16 release, enabling customers to observe and protect their entire digital ecosystem.

Enhanced capabilities include the introduction of curated data exploration views to provide users with the ability to visualize and overlay multiple dimensions of data. Curated data exploration views give site reliability engineering and DevOps teams the ability to analyze “unknown unknowns”—issues an organization does not know exist—without the need for teams to know anything about index patterns or field names, removing the complexity of analyzing different time periods, cohorts, and data types. Curated data exploration views are generally available for real user monitoring and synthetics, and in technical preview for mobile APM.

Additionally, customers can now leverage the centralized management, scalability, security, and one-click integrations of the unified Elastic Agent across web, datastore, middleware, edge, and cloud-native infrastructure.

A new app in Kibana offers a unified integrations view, making it easier for customers to discover all Elastic integrations, reduce wasted storage and improve installation speed by installing only the integration components they need.

The APM Server integration for Elastic Agent and Fleet, now generally available, simplifies the set up of Elastic clusters to support APM use cases. New capabilities also include observability tooling for continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines with OpenTelemetry integrations with tools from Ansible, now generally available, and Maven, in beta, to help customers accelerate monitoring, alerting, and troubleshooting of issues during the entire software development lifecycle.

Two new certified apps on the ServiceNow Store enable customers to standardize and streamline incident management workflows and facilitate collaboration across ITOps and DevOps teams. With connectors available for ServiceNow IT Service Management (ITSM), Security Incident Response (SIR), and IT Operations Management (ITOM), teams can escalate cases into ServiceNow IT and security incidents and automatically update ServiceNow incidents from Elastic alerts.

Elastic also introduced an AWS FireLens integration, allowing customers to directly ship container logs and events to Elastic Cloud. AWS FireLens is a container log router for Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) launch types, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) and AWS Fargate. With this integration, customers benefit from a simplified data architecture allowing them to reduce operational complexity.

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