Real User Monitoring, Application Performance Monitoring, Alerting, and Dashboarding Using Elastic Stack


  • Numerous examples and visual representations of Elastic APM's capabilities.
  • Covers Elastic APM cloud deployment, Kubernetes clusters, and real-user monitoring.
  • Includes Kibana's visualization, Alerting and Dashboarding features.


This book teaches an APM engineer how to monitor software services and applications in real time, including collecting detailed performance data on the response time for incoming requests, database queries, cache calls, and external HTTP requests. The book helps readers to explore the architecture and components of the Elastic APM stack. It also teaches you how to architect, deploy, and configure the Elastic APM stack to meet your specific requirements.

The book focuses on monitoring and observability for applications and infrastructures built with Containers and Kubernetes. The book helps you configure APM capabilities like synthetic transaction and real-user transaction monitoring, integration with open-source tools like Prometheus, and data collection and processing using Logstash. Additionally, the book discusses how to use the Kibana dashboard features provided by Elastic APM in conjunction with alerting and dashboards to analyze the application's performance.

Finally, the book teaches Site Reliability Engineers (SREs) how to meet service-level objectives through indicators such as availability, latency, quality, and saturation.


  • Unleash the need and the applications of observability.
  • Learn to architect and deploy the Elastic APM stack.
  • Practice observability of monolithic and microservices-based applications.
  • Learn advanced observability of Containers and Kubernetes cluster infrastructure.
  • Uncover insights on user experience, uptime, and synthetic monitoring.
  • Learn to use Kibana for exploiting alerts and visualization features.


Professionals in the fields of Application Performance Monitoring, Observability, Site Reliability Engineering, Software Development, AIOPS, and Cloud and Data Center Architecture will benefit greatly from this book. It would be beneficial, but not necessary, to have some knowledge of programming.