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Kubernetes Logs and Services: Beware These Pitfalls

So, you’ve gone “cloud native” … you’re running apps in containers, you’re scheduling them with Kubernetes, and now you’re trying to figure out what the heck is going on. It’s the third time in a month where your customers are seeing two minutes of error pages — and then it’s just fixed. That’s plenty long enough for them to complain on Twitter, and besides that, it’s just embarrassing.

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Kubernetes Distribution Comparison: A Brief Overview

When it comes to cool things within the technology space, you often have either no choice, or too many choices. Kubernetes, the open source container orchestrator, falls into the latter category. There are a multitude of Kubernetes distributions out there, and determining which one is best for your needs can be a real challenge.

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Kubernetes Observability for Contrarians

So, maybe you’ve heard of this Kubernetes thing? In June of 2014 Google launched an ambitious effort to provide a best-in-class system for orchestrating container-based workloads as open source. Over the last 5 years, that effort has led to the collaboration of all major cloud providers and many major technology companies, a feat in itself.

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Announcing Workflow Links: An Easier Way to Manage Distributed Systems

When you’re trying to verify a hypothesis, resolve an incident, or simply just figure out who is the owner for a particular service, time is, well… money. That’s why we built Workflow Links — to create an immediate connection from traces in LightStep to whatever internal or external tools you need to do your job well.

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Development Time: The Only Cost That Matters

It’s the Thursday before a holiday weekend and you’ve got a cost crisis. Someone in finance has just noticed that this month’s AWS bill is trending 15% higher than last month’s. An all-hands meeting is called, and everyone is asked to shut down as much capacity as they can “safely.” All the work your team has been trying to push out before end of sprint is going to be delayed for days. Chances of an operational outage when someone shuts down something critical?

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Building a Bridge: Connecting OpenTracing with OpenTelemetry

This year at KubeCon EMEA, the OpenTracing and OpenCensus teams announced that the two projects were merging to form OpenTelemetry. One of the main priorities for the merger is straightforward backwards compatibility with both OpenTracing and OpenCensus, via software bridges. In this post, we’ll discuss the OpenTracing to OpenTelemetry bridge.