Observability overview pageedit

Whether you’re an analyst or an admin, Kibana makes your data actionable by providing three key functions. Kibana is:

  • An open-source analytics and visualization platform. Use Kibana to explore your Elasticsearch data, and then build beautiful visualizations and dashboards.
  • A UI for managing the Elastic Stack. Manage your security settings, assign user roles, take snapshots, roll up your data, and more — all from the convenience of a Kibana UI.
  • A centralized hub for Elastic’s solutions. From log analytics to metrics discovery to APM, Kibana is the portal for accessing these and other capabilities.

Within Kibana, the Observability Overview page contains a wide variety of charts displaying analytics relating to the components that help you make your systems observable: logs, infrastructure metrics, APM, and uptime data.

Additionally, the alerts chart keeps you informed of any issues that you may need to resolve quickly.


The Alerts table provides a snapshot of alerts occurring within the specified time frame. The table includes the alert status, when it was last updated, the reason for the alert, and more.

To see more details about these alerts, click Show alerts. For more information on creating and managing alerts, see Create rules.

Summary of Alerts on the Observability overview page

Log Eventsedit

The Log Events chart helps you to detect and inspect possible log anomalies across each of your ingested log sources. The visualization helps you determine if the log rate is outside of your expected bounds, and therefore could be considered anomalous. Any drop in the log rate could suggest a system has stopped responding, or a spike could denote a DDoS attack.

To drill down and view these logs in the Logs app, click Show log stream. For more information, see Monitor logs.

Summary of Log Events on the Observability overview page


The Hosts table displays your top hosts with the most significant resource footprints. These metrics help you evaluate host efficiency and determine if resource consumption is impacting end-users.

Uptime, memory usage, and the system load metrics enable you to identify possible memory leaks and whether disk resources need to be added or redistributed. Inbound and outbound traffic metrics allow you to visualize any possible spikes to help determine whether any hosts are choking your network.

To drill down and view these performance metrics in the Infrastructure app, click Show inventory. For more information, see Analyze metrics.

Summary of Hosts on the Observability overview page


The Services chart displays the total number of services running within your environment and the total number of transactions per minute that were captured by the Elastic APM agent instrumenting those services.

To drill down and view this APM data in the APM app, click Show service inventory.

Summary of Services on the Observability overview page


To help you react quickly to availability issues before they affect your users, the Uptime chart provides you with a snapshot of the overall availability of your hosts, network devices, or third-party services. Based on the last check reported by Heartbeat, you can view the total number of detected monitors, along with the number of monitors in an up or down state.

To drill down and view this uptime data in the Uptime app, click Show monitors. For more information, see Monitor uptime data.

Summary of Monitors on the Observability overview page

User Experienceedit

The User Experience chart provides a snapshot of core web vitals for the service with the most traffic. User experience provides a way to quantify and analyze the perceived performance of your web application. Unlike testing environments, User Experience data reflects real-world user experiences. Drill down further by looking at data by URL, operating system, browser, and location — all of which can impact how your application performs on end-user machines.

To drill down and view this User Experience data, click Show dashboard. For more information, see User Experience.

Summary of User Experience metrics on the Observability overview page