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Apr 2, 2020   |  By Talia Moyal
We’re excited to announce major updates to Lightstep’s observability platform. Today we launched support for infrastructure metrics (!), automated, rapid error analysis, and version comparisons of canaries and other deployments. With this release, Lightstep becomes the quickest way to understand what’s changed in your system and services.
Mar 31, 2020   |  By Eric O'Rear
Lightstep and OpenTelemetry go way back, so it goes without saying that we are very excited about the OTel project entering the beta phase of its lifecycle. The beta release currently includes SDKs for Go, Python, Java, Erlang, and Javascript. The full range of SDKs and libraries, including vendor-specific exporters, can be found in the registry.
Mar 27, 2020   |  By Austin Parker
Modern systems have resulted in an explosion of complexity for organizations of every size, shape, and purpose. In an effort to create more resilient and reliable software, we’ve cast around for solutions to tame and manage this complexity. Observability practices have come to be seen as essential for operating systems at scale, but in practice, they’re often seen as technical solutions to what is ultimately a social problem: Software, at the end of the day, is built and run by people.
Mar 26, 2020   |  By Austin Parker
It’s a strange truth about technology — most of our problems with it wind up being, well, weird. This seems strange when you step back to think about it. There’s a bit of a meme that’s been going around for several years now, that a computer is just a rock that we tricked into thinking — but it’s true! Computers, and the systems we build with them, all should be very ordered and logical, because the underlying thing that backs them is extremely straightforward math.
Mar 25, 2020   |  By James Burns
For growing businesses, it’s normal to size deployments of services based on the intuitions of the development team involved. Almost all the time sizing includes some safety margin so that sudden spikes in demand don’t take down the service or wake up whoever is on call. Unfortunately, often these intuitions, even if correct at the beginning, don’t stay up to date with changes in the service or its dependencies leading to both outages and unhelpful paging.
May 2, 2018   |  By LightStep
Report Finds Record Growth in Microservices is Disrupting the Operational Landscape
Apr 9, 2020   |  By Lightstep
In this conversation with Lightstep's Ben Sigelman, Bryan Cantrill recalls his experiences working alongside Jeff Bonwick at Sun Microsystems in the 90s, (almost) interviewing with Tom West for a position at Data General, the origins of DTrace, and the infamous "Shouting in the Datacenter" video.
Apr 2, 2020   |  By Lightstep
Lightstep's goal is to enable developers to connect the dots from a regression at the top of their stack – even in a mobile or web client – all the way down into CPU, memory, and garbage collection metrics within their infrastructure. In this video, you'll learn how to pinpoint the root cause of latencies and errors in your microservice-based system, and resolve deployment-related regressions, and assess the independent impact of partial deploys before fully rolling out.
Apr 2, 2020   |  By Lightstep
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Mar 27, 2020   |  By LightStep
HCO (human-centric observability) is a methodology built around people, not machines. In this session, well demo how HCO serves 3 key groups – external users, internal users, and engineers – and show you how to center them in your observability practice. In the end, you’ll see how HCO lets you not just build resilient and reliable software, but assemble a truly resilient organization that can adapt to changing requirements and needs.
Mar 4, 2020   |  By LightStep
In the run up to KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Europe, we’ll examine what’s happening in the Kubernetes and containers landscape, including new technologies, services and ecosystems worth knowing about as well as changes looming on the horizon.