How Lightstep works



Best-in-class distributed tracing



Free for developers

Lightstep analyzes 100% of your event data

Dynamic sampling


Don’t limit your data with predefined performance questions. Lightstep Satellites use intelligent, dynamic sampling to ensure behavior outliers and anomalies are always well represented.

Secure satellites


Keep your data close. Our SOC2-compliant security protocols include network controls, closed system data ingress, and private satellite keys. Only data that customer engineers choose to send will ever leave the process and be reported to the Lightstep satellites.

Real-time queries


Each Satellite has its own customizable recall window where developers have direct access to 100% of performance data with our Query Builder.

Instrumentation made easy


Lightstep’s OpenTelemetry Launchers allow users to access telemetry data gathered from dozens of libraries in their own system, simply by adding a single line of code. Using other standards like Jaeger, Zipkin, and OpenTracing is also easy with Lightstep’s built-in support.


Lightstep automatically checks your traces against instrumentation best practices to understand how well services are instrumented, and provides continuous feedback on how to make improvements with our Instrumentation Quality score feature.

Lightstep helps developers triage and optimize application performance


See your data in Lightstep

RCA in 3 clicks


Lightstep cuts the hours investigating unknown regressions down to minutes. We’ve added new capabilities to distributed tracing to make sure anyone on your team can find the root cause in three simple clicks.


Correlations and trace analysis


Correlate traces and logs on spans with performance issues in real time. Lightstep automatically surfaces traces and logs correlated with latency and errors with all the context you need, allowing you to drill down to affected service and operations in seconds.


Real-time system maps


The first step in handling an incident is knowing where to look. The Service and Operation diagrams are generated in real time on tag criteria, offering interactive displays of nodes that highlight service relationships, latency, and errors.


RCA in 3 clicks


Lightstep cuts the hours investigating unknown regressions down to minutes. We’ve added new capabilities to distributed tracing to make sure anyone on your team can find the root cause in three simple clicks.


Correlations and trace analysis


Correlate traces and logs on spans with performance issues in real time. Lightstep automatically surfaces traces and logs correlated with latency and errors with all the context you need, allowing you to drill down to affected service and operations in seconds.


Real-time system maps


The first step in handling an incident is knowing where to look. The Service and Operation diagrams are generated in real time on tag criteria, offering interactive displays of nodes that highlight service relationships, latency, and errors.


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