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OpenTelemetry

The OpenTelemetry project provides a single set of APIs, libraries, agents, and collector services to capture distributed traces and metrics from your application.

By providing a standardized data format for distributed traces and metrics data, OpenTelemetry eliminates the need for vendor-specific integrations. Language-specific SDKs and auto-instrumentation for common languages and frameworks make it easier than ever to instrument your code and start capturing observability data.

A brief history of OpenTelemetry

2020

OpenTelemetry is released in Beta

2019

The OpenTracing and OpenCensus projects announce a merger, forming OpenTelemetry

2018

Google releases a new portable instrumentation project called OpenCensus.

2017

Jaeger, an open-source tracing tool developed by Yuri Shkuro, is open-sourced by Uber.

2016

Lightstep helps to found OpenTracing, the first common, portable API for distributed tracing.

2015

Lightstep is founded by Ben Sigelman, Daniel Spoonhower, and Ben Cronin

2012

Zipkin, which started as a hack day project shortly after the publication of the Dapper paper, is open-sourced by Twitter.

2010

Rob Benson, Lightstep's VP of Engineering, Product, & Design, is one of three engineers at Twitter helping to create Zipkin.

2010

While working at Google, Lightstep Co-Founder and CEO Ben Sigelman develops Dapper, one of the first large-scale distributed tracing infrastructures.

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