OpenTelemetry Collector on Kubernetes with Helm Chart – Part 3

In this article, you will learn how to use the OpenTelemetry Helm chart to deploy a collector as a gateway in a Kubernetes cluster. In previous tutorials, I demonstrated how to deploy the OpenTelemetry Collector as both Gateway and Agent on a Kubernetes cluster. It took a lot of work and hours of research. Luckily […]

How to Instrument AWS Services with OpenTelemetry

The A team using OpenTelemetry

In this AWS OpenTelemetry guide, you will learn how to instrument your AWS services with OpenTelemetry. I will demonstrate how to instrument a simple microservice system running on AWS. We will use AWS SQS, DynamoDB, and Lambda.  First, we will create all the resources we require using Terraform and AWS. Secondly, we will instrument our […]

Top 5 Jaeger Alternatives for Distributed Tracing

Jaeger Alternative Aspecto

In this article, we will explore 5 Jaeger alternatives you can test out immediately. We chose to cover these tools specifically because you can start using them today, and they provide a free version with enough room to play around with. Top Alternatives to Jaeger: As you probably know, Jaeger Tracing is a suite of […]

Distributed Tracing for RabbitMQ with OpenTelemetry

Jazz Jackrabbit OpenTelemetry RabbitMQ

In this guide, you will learn how to use OpenTelemetry to instrument RabbitMQ to create spans for different operations. (e.g., consume and produce). We will then see how to visualize your traces in Jaeger and Aspecto. I will use Node.js for all code examples. Feel free to skip to the practical section of this guide if […]

Managing the cost of OpenTelemetry

The dark side of the moon OpenTelemetry

Right off the bat, you might find this blog post a bit strange. We are not used to managing the cost of our metrics and logs (we surely do not need someone to write a blog post about it). So what is unique about OpenTelemetry that requires a blog post for managing cost? What to […]

How to Get Started with OpenTelemetry Go

OpenTelemetry Go The Mandalorian

In this guide, you will learn hands-on how to create and visualize traces with OpenTelemetry Go without prior knowledge. We will start with creating a simple to-do app that uses Mongo and the Gin framework. Then, we will send tracing data to Jaeger Tracing and to Aspecto for visualization. You can find all the relevant […]

Distributed Tracing for Kafka with OpenTelemetry in Node

Distributed Tracing for Kafka with OpenTelemetry in Node

In this guide, you will learn how to run OpenTelemetry in Node to generate spans for different Kafka operations (e.g., consume and produce) and ultimately visualize your traces. We will also touch on the basics of Kafka, OpenTelemetry, distributed tracing, and how they all play out together. If you’re already familiar with Kafka and OpenTelemetry, […]

Distributed Tracing for Kafka with OpenTelemetry in Python

OpenTelemetry Kafka and Python

In this tutorial, I will cover Apache Kafka, OpenTelemetry, and how they play out together with practical examples in Python from 0 to 1. You will learn how to enable OpenTelemetry tracing in Python to generate spans and visualize traces for various Kafka operations.  What to Expect What is Apache Kafka? What is OpenTelemetry? OpenTelemetry […]

What is Distributed Tracing? A Friendly Guide for Developers

Mona Jaeger

In this guide, you will learn what distributed tracing is, how it works and who uses it, why logs are not enough to debug your microservices, and what open-source OpenTelemetry has to do with it. Distributed Tracing: Table of Contents Introduction What is Distributed Tracing How Distributed Tracing Works Why We Need Distributed Tracing Distributed […]

Jaeger Tracing: The Ultimate Guide

Jaeger Tracing Spiderman

In this guide, you’ll learn what Jaeger tracing is, what distributed tracing is, and how to set it up in your system. We’ll go over Jaeger’s UI and touch on advanced concepts such as sampling and deploying in production.  You’ll leave this guide knowing how to create spans with OpenTelemetry and send them to Jaeger […]