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Strengthening our commitment to the OpenTelemetry project 

Carter Socha | April 20, 2023

Lightstep is the first company to natively provide customers with complete control of their telemetry pipeline which saves time and money, and provides the freedom to innovate at scale. By embracing OpenTelemetry support without vendor lock-in, Lightstep helps you make complex app development easier and faster.

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A modern guide to distributed tracing

Austin Parker | Dec 21, 2022

Austin Parker reviews developments, innovations, & updates in the world of distributed tracing

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Distributed Tracing: Why It’s Needed and How It Evolved

Austin Parker | Oct 1, 2020

Distributed tracing is the “call stack” for a distributed system, a way to represent a single request as it flows from one computer to another.

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How we built & scaled log search and pattern extraction

Karthik Kumar, Katia Bazzi | Jul 31, 2020

We recently added the ability to search and aggregate trace logs in Lightstep! This article will go through how we built & scaled log search and pattern extraction.

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The Truth About Sampling and Distributed Tracing

Katy Farmer | Mar 17, 2020

Sampling has a major impact on the accuracy and effectiveness of distributed tracing. This article covers the different types of sampling for observability solutions.

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What You Could be Doing Instead of Smashing the grep Command for Three Hours

Lindsay Neeson | Feb 4, 2020

No one enjoys spending hours searching through logs. It can seem like an eternity. Sure, you can grep through logs quickly if you have straightforward queries and you know your log format. (Because of course everyone has simple queries and has...

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OpenTelemetry 101: What is an exporter?

Austin Parker | Oct 23, 2019

In every case, the trace and metric data that your service or its dependencies emit are of limited use unless you can actually collect that data somewhere for analysis and alerting. The OpenTelemetry component responsible for batching and...

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Getting Started with OpenTelemetry Alphas: Golang

Josh MacDonald | Oct 9, 2019

We're excited that OpenTelemetry is moving to the alpha phase. This article dives into how to set up your tracer, viewing traces, starting and ending a span and more.

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OpenTelemetry 101: What Is Observability?

Austin Parker | Sep 29, 2019

You may be asking yourself, "What's observability, anyway?" It's a valid questin – it's a topic that's been in the news a lot recently, and it seems that every application monitoring vendor is trying to rebrand as an 'observability' vendor.

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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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