A Brief History of OpenTelemetry (So Far)

After many months of planning, discussion, prototyping, more discussion, and more planning, OpenTracing and OpenCensus are merging to form OpenTelemetry, which is now a CNCF sandbox project. The seed governance and technical committees are composed of representatives from Google, LightStep, Microsoft, and Uber, and more organizations are getting involved every day. We couldn’t be happier about it – here’s why.


Introducing Java SpecialAgent: Start Tracing without Writing Any Code

We’re excited to announce Java SpecialAgent! It’s an extensible OSS Java agent for OpenTracing that enables end-to-end tracing without having to write any code. With only a single command-line entry for installation, SpecialAgent seamlessly connects to OpenTracing-compliant tracers  —  such as the Jaeger and LightStep tracers  —  allowing you to immediately start observing and propagating distributed traces.


Epsagon Launches Agentless Tracing and Why That’s Important

Today, at Epsagon, we are announcing our agentless tracing and logging tool for modern applications. Our SaaS solution now extends beyond AWS Lambdas and is now geared for containers, VMs and function-as-a-service (Faas) deployments for cloud environments on AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and others, as well as on-premise deployments.


7 Best Practices for Distributed Tracing: How to Go from Zero to Full App Instrumentation

A well-instrumented application is one which consistently forwards a rich set of metrics, histograms, and traces to an observability platform. This data enables SREs to triage issues faster by quickly identifying misbehaving services and drill into the root cause. In this blog, we’re going to look into best practices around Distributed Tracing by going through a sample microservices application.


When In Doubt, Add More Spans: A Tale of Tracing and Testing In Production

Recently, Toshok was telling a story about the kind of thing he talks about a lot—improving the performance of some endpoint or page or other. Obviously, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to improve the experience of our users, but what caught my attention this time was that what he was describing sounded like a new kind of testing in production—so I asked him to go into a bit more detail.


Wavefront's Observability SDKs for Instrumenting Apps with Metrics, Traces, Histograms: Powerful, Flexible, and Open Source

Wavefront is a cloud-native monitoring and analytics platform used to alert on, troubleshoot, and optimize the performance of multi-cloud application environments. It delivers 3D Observability by performing analytics from metrics, traces, and histograms gathered on distributed applications, application services, containers, and public/private/hybrid cloud infrastructures.


The new Analytics feature in AWS X-Ray: How your serverless application can benefit from distributed tracing

AWS Just released a new set of features to X-Ray that can make debugging life much easier, whether it is to better understand complex serverless architectures, user flow, or to spot high error rates and outliers.