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Gain agility through observability

Heather Waters | January 19, 2023

As we navigate geopolitical challenges, macroeconomic headwinds, and the post-pandemic comedown, there is pressure to drive transformation, reduce costs, and be more efficient. See how observability can help you rise to the challenge and be more agile.

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Announcing Correlations: The fastest way to investigate issues in distributed systems

Danton Rodriguez | Jun 16, 2019

When there are unexpected issues in production, things can escalate quickly. Suddenly, your phone is buzzing and Slack notifications are everywhere. In situations like these, how do you know where to start your investigation? Enter: Correlations.

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Istio Distributed Tracing: How to Get Started with Lightstep and Kubernetes

James Burns | Jun 12, 2019

Lightstep Tracing is an easy way to start using distributed tracing without deploying your own distributed tracing system. [Istio]( is a “batteries included” set of best practices for...

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Google’s June 2nd Outage: Their Status Page != Reality

James Burns | Jun 2, 2019

This article dives into the Google Cloud Platform extended networking-based outage on Sunday June 2nd. There was significant disruption of commonly used services like YouTube and Gmail, as well as Google hosted applications like Snapchat.

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The Best Kind of 'People Problems' – What Made the OpenTelemetry Launch Special

Ben Sigelman | May 23, 2019

This article discusses the launch of Opentelemetry at KubeCon EMEA 2019 (and how it almost didn't happen). We're looking forward to many more satisfying launches to come as we make high-quality telemetry data a built-in feature of cloud-native software.

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A Brief History of OpenTelemetry (So Far)

Ben Sigelman, Morgan McLean | May 20, 2019

Ben Sigelman is a co-creator of OpenTracing and member of the OpenTelemetry governing committee, and Morgan McLean is the Product Manager for OpenCensus at Google since the project’s inception

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Introducing Java SpecialAgent: Start Tracing without Writing Any Code

Ted Young | May 14, 2019

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.

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Updates to Developer Mode: New Instrumentation and Debugging Tools for Tracing

Austin Parker | May 7, 2019

Developing modern, microservice-based applications can be challenging. When we launched Developer Mode last month, we were interested in seeing how providing a stream of structured trace data could make it easier to instrument and write applications.

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Migrating to Microservices? Here’s How to Have Reliable APIs from Day One

James Burns | May 5, 2019

This artcile discusses how starting the migration from monolith to microservices can be daunting. Still more daunting is to have spent a couple years on it and still not understand “what done looks like.”

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Lightstep Wins a Best Place to Work in the Bay Area

Austen Yueh | May 1, 2019

We’re excited to announce that we are a winner of the 2019 Bay Area Best Places to Work, an awards program presented the San Francisco Business Times and Silicon Valley Business Journal.

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