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"It's a shortcut, not an exit." - Why I'm thrilled that Lightstep is joining ServiceNow

If you didn’t know already, it’s a huge day for Lightstep. I am beyond excited about what this ServiceNow acquisition means for my wonderful colleagues, for our product, and for our mission! But before we can look forward, let’s first set some context by looking back: In 2013, before we even incorporated, I rented a desk at a coworking space in SF. I took the photo above on my first day there.

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Diagnosing latency: Lightstep vs. Jaeger

For many organizations starting out with distributed tracing, Jaeger is often the first tool used to ingest and visualize traces. It provides a way for developers to query for individual requests and see their behavior as they traverse all the services and operations to complete the request. As powerful as this is, it only provides a partial picture of your system’s performance because you are only able to visualize individual requests or at most compare two requests to each other.

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OpenTelemetry Go: All you need to know

Welcome back to the latest edition of All you need to know. Today we’ll be focusing on one of my favorite languages, Go. All you really need to know is this: Seriously, that’s it. If you want to try out OpenTelelmetry in Go, follow the guide below. A heavily commented version of the finished tutorial can be found at here. Feel free to use this code as a reference when you get started with instrumenting your own application.

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How we built Lightstep Metrics: 6 core principles to our user experience

If you’re an engineer, you might find it challenging to answer these three high-level questions in a typical troubleshooting scenario. We hear this from our customers and from our competitors’ customers so often that they’ve become the most important questions we strive to answer as easily as possible within our user experience.

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Why 15 minutes was never enough

Being on-call is never fun, especially when a high-priority customer reports an issue. When you’re on call and get paged, your immediate action is likely to jump into your solution of choice (preferably Lightstep), query whatever real-time data you have on hand to investigate the issue, and narrow down the possible problems.

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OpenTelemetry .NET: All you need to know

Hello, Tedsuo here, back again with the Windows edition of all you need to know. Today we’re going to dig into getting started with OpenTelemetry in .NET. In fact, we have some exciting news! OpenTelemetry .NET is now v1.0! With the v1.0 release, tracing is now marked as stable. Future releases will be fully backwards compatible for many years – we have no plans for a v2.0 release.

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OpenTelemetry: Emerging standard for all DevOps solutions - error analytics

Lightstep wants to help customers and our DevOps partners adopt OpenTelemetry. As a founding member and core contributor of the standard, we have the expertise, tools, and templates to help vendors easily adopt it in their solutions. We are launching a series of OpenTelemetry-based tutorials and example instrumentation for different DevOps solutions.

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What are OpenTelemetry distros?

When you get started with OpenTelemetry, you may notice something: there are multiple distros. Most appear to be vendor-specific. What the heck are these shenanigans? The short, short version: Most of the configuration in OpenTelemetry revolves around which backend you are going to send data to. Distros package up the set of plugins and configuration options needed to connect OpenTelemetry to a particular back end. Distros are not forks.

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OpenTelemetry: Emerging standard for all DevOps solutions - feature flags

Lightstep wants to help customers and our DevOps partners adopt OpenTelemetry. As a founding member and core contributor of the standard, we have the expertise, tools, and templates to help vendors easily adopt it in their solutions. We are launching a series of OpenTelemetry-based tutorials and example instrumentation for different DevOps solutions.