Splunk Accelerates OpenTelemetry Growth

At Omnition and SignalFx, now at Splunk, we have always believed in democratizing data collection and instrumentation by providing open source and vendor agnostic solutions for end users. Today, we are excited to announce additional contributions to accelerate OpenTelemetry as a project and the mission of making data collection open and accessible to everyone.


OpenTelemetry, OpenTracing, OpenCensus: An Introduction and Glossary

There’s been a fair bit of buzz lately about OpenTelemetry, which is the next major version of the OpenTracing and OpenCensus projects. The leadership of those two projects have come together to create OpenTelemetry, which combines the best parts of OpenTracing and OpenCensus to create one open source project to help with your instrumentation needs.


Wavefront Introduces Java Tracing Agent Delivering Out-of-the-Box Application Observability

Distributed tracing is a critical piece of application observability. But instrumenting your applications with traces is not always easy. Whether you are an SRE or a developer, you need application observability. But you might not prefer to instrument code. That is where the Wavefront Tracing Agent for Java comes in handy, as it provides application observability without needing any code change.


Distributed Tracing Through RabbitMQ Using Node.js & Jaeger

Distributed tracing is essential to understanding and debugging a system, as it follows data moving both within and across process boundaries. If you’re just getting started with distributed tracing, our Introduction to Distributed Tracing is an excellent starting point. In this blog post, we’ll be looking at implementing distributed tracing between microservices via a message broker, all with open-source tools.


Using Jaeger with Eclipse Che

As explained on the Eclipse Che website, “Che brings your Kubernetes application into your development environment and provides an in-browser IDE, allowing you to code, build, test and run applications exactly as they run on production from any machine”. However when deployed in your production environment, those same applications can be monitored using observability tools to understand their performance to help inform future improvements.


Stepping It Up! LightStep Feature Updates - October 2019

Sure, we’re big on new features — like easy migration from Zipkin and Jaeger, Instrumentation Scoring, and Workflow Links — but we’re also improving LightStep by pushing small improvements all the time, many of them based on your feedback. Every month in this post, we’ll show you the latest enhancements, so you’re sure not to miss out on how LightStep is evolving to make your life easier. Here’s what’s new in October.


OpenTelemetry 101: What is an Exporter?

OpenTelemetry is an open-source observability framework for generating, capturing, and collecting telemetry data for cloud-native software. Prior posts in this series have covered the definition of observability, as it applies to OpenTelemetry, and a dive into the tracing and metrics API. There’s a third critical component, though, that you’ll want to understand before you get started using OpenTelemetry, and that’s how to actually get data out of it!


Understanding Tracer Performance with LightStep Benchmarks

One of my favorite things about LightStep is helping to mentor the next generation of developers through our internship programs. These students bring clear eyes and novel solutions to technically challenging areas of our product. Over the summer, my team had the opportunity to work with one of our interns on an area of the product that’s near and dear to all of our hearts here — benchmarking and profiling for high-performance tracing.


Tracing for Everyone: Business Flows Simplified

When we started designing our OpenTracing-compatible distributed tracing engine Otto, we didn’t want to limit it to only AWS services. Therefore, we provided a general infrastructure for linking different invocations connected to each other via traces. What does this mean? Well, let’s start by defining what a “trace” is: A trace is set of invocations that are connected to each other in a flow.