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Effective distributed tracing requires high-quality telemetry

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OpenTelemetry is a collection of tools, APIs, and SDKs.


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  • Use it to instrument, generate, collect, and export telemetry data (metrics, logs, and traces) to help you analyze your software’s performance and behavior.

OpenTelemetry provides a single set of APIs, libraries, agents, and collector services to generate distributed traces, metrics, and more from your application. You can then ingest and process the resulting data with an analysis engine such as Lightstep.

The project: OpenTelemetry

OpenTelemetry is an open source collaboration hosted by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). The project provides a consistent, cross-language design in order to reduce confusion for developers and make robust telemetry easy and available for all web services. OpenTelemetry is the standard for high-quality, vendor-neutral, and portable telemetry.

To carry forward the vision of distributed tracing and observability everywhere, the teams at Lightstep, Google, Microsoft, and others across the technology spectrum created OpenTelemetry in May 2019 as the merger and next major version of two earlier open source projects, OpenCensus and OpenTracing.

Since then, the OpenTelemetry project has grown to over 100 contributing organizations, and is now the second most active project within the CNCF, after Kubernetes.

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The platform: Lightstep

Lightstep has been involved since the beginning – Ben Sigelman and Ted Young are two of the co-founders of OpenTelemetry. They started the project with a clear goal in mind: democratize telemetry, and disrupt costly vendor lock-in and redundant instrumentation efforts.

Lightstep engineers, working with other community stakeholders, are making sure developers have access to a stable set of observability tools, covering all major languages and frameworks. These efforts minimize instrumentation time without sacrificing visibility, allowing developers to focus on the features that matter to their customers.

Whether it is in our platform tools, open source engineering, or customer success efforts, we at Lightstep understand data and observability better than anyone. Leverage Lightstep’s expertise and suite of solutions to get the most from your OpenTelemetry instrumentation.

About 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 provides actionable insights to help teams answer the question “What caused that change?”.

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