Stepping it up! Lightstep feature updates - November 2021
by Robin Whitmore
Read all about the new features and enhancements that Lightstep has delivered in the last few months.
You can now move charts added to a metric dashboard by dragging and dropping them. Hover over a chart title. When the cursor turns into a hand, drag and drop the chart into its desired location.
Lightstep has released a new version of their microsatellites. Improvements include increased performance, software upgrades and bug fixes.
Read all about the new features and improvements here.
Lightstep notebooks now allow you to query and save both your infrastructure (metrics) and app performance (traces) data in one place. When you are in a performance investigation, you often need to run ad hoc queries to see the performance of your system, both at the infrastructure level and app level, and then share your findings with your team. Instead of using multiple tabs or tools and creating "throw-away" dashboards, you can now run your investigation in one place.
You can add text blocks to note and explain your findings and share your notebook with anyone with a Lightstep account. The data for your trace-based charts is kept for three days and data for metric-based charts is kept for as long as your metric retention policy, so once you mitigate an issue, you can go back to the data you worked with to fully investigate and remediate.
Note: Adding trace data to a notebook is available for early access. Contact Customer Success for more information.
Learn more here!
CloudWatch Metric Streams are a system that allows you to continually stream CloudWatch metrics to Lightstep. Metric streams offer near-real-time delivery and an expected latency of as low as 3 minutes. AWS has embraced the OpenTelemtry standard and currently streams metrics in OTLP v0.7. Metric streams are a reliable and cost-effective way to deliver your CloudWatch metrics to Lightstep.
You can use Terraform to integrate your metric streams with Lightstep. Learn more here.