Stepping It Up! Lightstep Feature Updates - January 2022
by Robin Whitmore
Read all about the new features and enhancements that Lightstep has delivered in the last month.
Previously once you configured your Amazon CloudWatch metrics to report to Lightstep, you needed to contact your Customer Success representative to complete the integration. With this update, you can now use Lightstep to complete the integration yourself.
To enable the integration, you use the Project Settings page to provide Lightstep with your AWS credential information. Once that's enabled, Lightstep begins ingesting your metrics.
You can now add your Explorer queries and Service Directory time series to notebooks.
If you begin your investigation in Explorer, you can now add the query to a notebook, allowing you to capture the data in context of other charts.
You can see the latency for multiple percentiles and view exemplar traces. The annotation is a link back to the original, so you can quickly return to the origin of your investigation. If you're on the Deployments tab in the Service Directory, you can add any of the time series charts to a notebook.
Like Explorer queries, you can see the latency, view exemplar traces, and link back to the origin of your investigation.
Both options now allow you to view multiple queries from different views in Lightstep, all in one place.
Learn more about notebooks.
- It's now easier to add filters to your query
- The order of fields has changed to make understanding your query easier.
You can now ingest both metrics and trace data from your Datadog agent into Lightstep. By changing the agent's configuration (using either YAML or environment variables), you can send data to both Lightstep and Datadog. Once you're sure that the data is being received as expected, you can change the configuration again to send it only to Lightstep.
We've published a new Learning Path that quickly shows how to send both metric and trace data to Lightstep and then view that data in a notebook.
To provide this migration path, we've released a new Microsatellite version. Read the release notes here.
Many improvements have been made to the query builder used when creating charts in notebooks.
- Narrow your search at the start to include only metric or span data.
- Use operators in your query to include/exclude specific attribute values. Instead of building separate include/exclude statements, they are now grouped together and it's more clear they are joined with an AND operator.
- For span data queries, you can search on service, operation, or attribute name.
More coming soon!