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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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Diagnosing latency: Lightstep vs. Jaeger

Andrew Chee | Apr 27, 2021

Today, we will discuss how Lightstep approaches the problem of diagnosing latency and will demonstrate how our approach differs from Jaeger’s, even though we both accept the same distributed tracing telemetry. Jump in to learn more!

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How we built Lightstep Metrics: 6 core principles to our user experience

Kristen Bouchard, Kay Watson | Apr 12, 2021

Earlier this year, Lightstep launched a ton of new things that expands our product into a more robust observability tool. Behind these newly released features, there are 6 key principles we follow in designing a useful, intuitive, & guided user experience.

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Using Operation diagrams to understand dependencies and performance

Andrew Chee | Apr 7, 2021

Having the ability to visualize operation and service flows allows you to quickly identify systemic problems. Read how this type of analysis becomes quick and simple for anyone on your team with Lightstep’s Operation diagrams and root cause analysis.

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Why 15 minutes was never enough

Danica Shei | Apr 6, 2021

Lightstep’s unique data ingest architecture now offers default 1-hour retention in Lightstep Explorer — available to all customers on April 6th. Read this blog by Danica Shei to learn more about the feature and our updated architecture.

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Lightstep announces the acquisition of trusted provider of structured logs, Lumbr

Austin Parker | Apr 1, 2021

We're proud to announce that Lumbr is joining the Lightstep family. Lumbr, a leader in the logging space, has made their mark in tall structure architecture in the Pacific Northwest by taking advantage of that area’s rich natural resources.

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Find the Needle: How Change Intelligence finds the cause of a metric deviation

Robin Whitmore | Mar 11, 2021

Lightstep’s Change Intelligence can pinpoint the change in your deep system that caused deviations in your metric charts. Read this blog for steps on how to quickly find the needle in the haystack.

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What is observability and why should you care?

Ted Young | Mar 2, 2021

Ted Young discusses what is observability including control theory (and other red herrings), why you should use observability now, and how OpenTelemetry ties the room together.

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How we built Lightstep Metrics: creating a database from scratch

Alex Kehlenbeck | Feb 12, 2021

Our team recently added Lightstep Metrics with Change Intelligence. This article by Alex “apk” Kehlenbeck dives into the details on how the database was built from scratch along with the challenges and goals for the team.

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How we built Lightstep Metrics: a new charting library with React and Canvas

Ted Pennings | Feb 9, 2021

When adding metrics to our platform, our teams built a fresh, tailored approach to charting with the library on top of React and Canvas. Read this blog to see how!

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