Lightstep

San Francisco, CA, USA
2015
Mar 2, 2021   |  By Ted Young
I’ve been asked several times about the difference between the terms ‘observability’ and ‘monitoring’, and why someone might prefer one approach vs. the other. Since this is a bit of a false dichotomy, and the (many) articles written on this subject appear to be rather vague, I wanted to write up my thoughts and add some clarity.
Feb 26, 2021   |  By Ted Young
In December, Alex Boten did some great work experimenting with running OpenTelemetry on Lambda. A number of improvements have happened since then, so it’s time for another update. Most importantly, the Lightstep Lambda extension has been donated to OpenTelemetry. You can find it here.
Feb 25, 2021   |  By Austin Parker
OpenTelemetry can be an overwhelming project to take in - understanding the interactions between the API, SDK, and various tools and protocols is a lot. One particularly interesting and important part of the project, though, is the "automatic instrumentation" components. What is automatic instrumentation, and why is it important to OpenTelemetry? How can you use it? How does it help? We’ll answer these questions, and more, so read on!
Feb 17, 2021   |  By Austin Parker
2020 was a banner year for OpenTelemetry, by any account. From modest beginnings, the project grew to hundreds of contributors across many languages, all working together to make real the vision of open source observability. The heart of the project, however, is the specification -- a set of design and specification documents intended to describe both the why, and the how, of OpenTelemetry itself.
Feb 16, 2021   |  By Ted Young
This week, we had the rewarding experience of merging this PR, which bumps the OpenTelemetry specification to v1.0. This is a big moment for OpenTelemetry. With v1.0.0 of the specification complete, and v1.0.1 already out, we are ready to begin offering stability guarantees for the tracing portion of the OpenTelemetry clients. Please check out the API and SDK release candidates, available in the following languages. Other languages will follow suit in the coming weeks and months.
Feb 12, 2021   |  By Alex Kehlenbeck
My introduction to the subject that we now call Observability came many years ago when I attended an internal tech-talk at Google given by Ben Sigelman, now Lightstep’s CEO, who at the time in 2006 was the tech lead of Dapper. I was immediately smitten with the technology (not to mention the dapper suit he wore for the occasion) and joined the project soon afterwards.
Feb 9, 2021   |  By Ted Pennings
When adding Lightstep Metrics to our platform, our teams built a fresh, tailored approach to charting with the library on top of React and Canvas. Our UI is entirely React. For our charts, we chose Canvas to ensure that we can support the data-rich charts at the foundation of our Change Intelligence product. Charting has two approaches, vector graphics (SVG) and raster graphics (Canvas 2D or WebGL). Canvas scales much more reliably with large data sets.
Feb 8, 2021   |  By Stephanie Baum
With the release of Change Intelligence, we’ve also released the ability to create metrics-based alerts. With this feature, users will be able to: To power the backend of this feature, we built a new service called Alert Evaluator. Alert Evaluator handles alert evaluation, deduplication, grouping, delivery, and snoozing of alerts. By this, we define: We faced a number of interesting technical challenges, which are outlined below.
Feb 5, 2021   |  By Sachi Shah
Are you tired of using dashboards for everything? Finding the right chart in a sea of tens of thousands of charts during a late-night incident? Mid-investigation, do you find yourself stitching pieces of a puzzle together across multiple tabs, sometimes across multiple products? Do you manually connect the dots between your service’s application metrics and the health of its dependencies? And have little to no guidance on the root cause of the spike to your metric?
Feb 5, 2021   |  By Spoons
Observability tools form the cornerstone of understanding what’s happening in your production systems. But these tools only offer real value when they’re in the hands of developers and engineers across your organization. When you are evaluating existing or new tools, you need to consider how they are being used not just by experts in your organization, but every member of your team whose work affects production systems.
Mar 4, 2021   |  By Lightstep
Lightstep enables teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly, regardless of system scale or complexity. We integrate seamlessly into daily workflows, whether you are proactively optimizing performance or investigating a root cause so you can quickly get back to building features.
Feb 18, 2021   |  By Lightstep
Lightstep enables teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly, regardless of system scale or complexity. We integrate seamlessly into daily workflows, whether you are proactively optimizing performance or investigating a root cause so you can quickly get back to building features.
Feb 17, 2021   |  By Lightstep
Join Ted Young, Director of Developer Education at Lightstep, to learn how to get started with distributed tracing in Javascript with React and Express using OpenTelemetry. OpenTelemetry is an open source framework that provides a single set of APIs, libraries and instrumentation resources to capture distributed traces and metrics from your applications. This workshop is structured to help your organization successfully deliver value from distributed tracing.
Feb 17, 2021   |  By Lightstep
Join Ted Young, Director of Developer Education at Lightstep, to learn how to get started with distributed tracing in Python and Django using OpenTelemetry. OpenTelemetry is an open source framework that provides a single set of APIs, libraries and instrumentation resources to capture distributed traces and metrics from your applications. This workshop is structured to help your organization successfully deliver value from distributed tracing.
Feb 12, 2021   |  By Lightstep
Lightstep enables teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly, regardless of system scale or complexity. We integrate seamlessly into daily workflows, whether you are proactively optimizing performance or investigating a root cause so you can quickly get back to building features.
Feb 4, 2021   |  By Lightstep
Lightstep’s observability platform is the easiest way for developers and SREs to monitor health and respond to changes in cloud-native applications. Powered by cutting-edge distributed tracing and a groundbreaking metrics database, and built by the team that launched observability at Google, Lightstep’s Change Intelligence provides actionable insights to help teams answer the question “What caused that change? Lightstep empowers reliability and observability managers to minimize the impact of outages, improve software performance, and build org-wide standards to drive adoption and automation.
Dec 10, 2020   |  By Lightstep
Lightstep enables teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly, regardless of system scale or complexity. We integrate seamlessly into daily workflows, whether you are proactively optimizing performance or investigating a root cause so you can quickly get back to building features.
Dec 8, 2020   |  By Lightstep
With modern software development—where a single team might be responsible for dozens of services—it’s increasingly hard to connect an intentional change in code to a performance change in a production or pre-production environment. The Lightstep Services Change Report GitHub Action helps mitigate that with a combination of telemetry, the new Lightstep Snapshots API, and flexible integration into GitHub workflows.
Dec 3, 2020   |  By Lightstep
Lightstep enables teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly, regardless of system scale or complexity. We integrate seamlessly into daily workflows, whether you are proactively optimizing performance or investigating a root cause so you can quickly get back to building features.
Dec 1, 2020   |  By Lightstep
Lightstep enables teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly, regardless of system scale or complexity. We integrate seamlessly into daily workflows, whether you are proactively optimizing performance or investigating a root cause so you can quickly get back to building features.
May 2, 2018   |  By LightStep
Report Finds Record Growth in Microservices is Disrupting the Operational Landscape

Delivering on the promise of unified observability, Lightstep enables teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly. We scale gracefully from a single service to hundreds, without limits to data volume or cardinality, as the needs of your business expand to empower any team size, at any stage in the software development lifecycle.

We integrate seamlessly into daily workflows, whether you are proactively optimizing performance or investigating a root cause so you can quickly get back to building features.

With auto-instrumentation and out-of-the box access to a root cause analysis engine, we enable immediate and meaningful insights in real-time.