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Lightstep partners with AWS on the AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry


Ted Young

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Ted Young

by Ted Young


12-15-2020

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As a cofounder of OpenTelemetry, I was delighted when AWS joined the project. Since then, we have worked together to make OpenTelemetry the best possible experience.

We are proud to announce that we are partnering with Amazon to bring OpenTelemetry to AWS in a supported fashion. AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry provides an AWS-supported, production-ready release of the OpenTelemetry Collector for Lightstep customers who use OpenTelemetry on AWS.

Lightstep works with OpenTelemetry out of the box - simply point the collector at Lightstep, and add your access token. But now, with the AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry, you have support from both of us when something goes wrong.

Getting started on AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry is easy. You can use AWS CloudFormation templates when using Amazon ECS, and KubeCtl commands when using Amazon EKS to deploy the Collector as a sidecar or daemonset. Recently Lightstep donated an AWS Lambda Extension to the OpenTelemetry community to generate observability data such as traces and metrics from serverless functions, and we are working with AWS to bring Lambda support to OpenTelemetry. More on that in the future!

Lightstep continues to lead in Observability

Even though we are a small company, Lightstep has already had a profound impact on the industry. OpenTelemetry and most major tracing implementations currently in use are based on Dapper, designed by Lightstep co-founder Ben Sigelman. Through our research, open source leadership, and best-in-class trace analysis, Lightstep has spearheaded the industry pivot to distributed tracing as the basis for all new observability systems, now standardized via OpenTelemetry.

Four years ago, as the head of open source development at Lightstep, I took on an ambitious goal: make all software in the world self-describing. Today, with OpenTelemetry going into production with a deep commitment from major providers, the first major steps towards that goal have now been achieved.

This is a fundamental improvement in the quality of data we use to comprehend our systems. Together with AWS and other core contributors, we are excited to begin a new era of deep, supported observability.

Get started today

You can learn more about the AWS Distro for OpenTelemetry here. I currently recommend tracing with OpenTelemetry in Java, Javascript, Python, Go, and Erlang. Want to try it out? The easiest way to try OpenTelemetry is with a free community accountfrom Lightstep. Looking for large scale support for high throughput workloads? Lightstep has you covered there as well.

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