Tracking a request’s flow across different components in distributed systems is essential. With the rise of microservices, their importance has risen to critical levels. Some proprietary tools for tracking have been used already: Jaeger and Zipkin naturally come to mind.
Observability is built on three pillars: logging, metrics, and tracing. OpenTelemetry is a joint effort to bring an open standard to them. Jaeger and Zipkin joined the effort so that they are now OpenTelemetry compatible.
Our cloud-native environments are more complex than ever before! So how can we ensure that the applications we’re deploying to them are behaving as we intended them to? This is where effective observability is crucial. It enables us to monitor our applications in real-time and analyse and diagnose their behaviour in the cloud. However, until recently, we were lacking the standardization to ensure our observability solutions were applicable across different platforms and technologies.