Lightstep

San Francisco, CA, USA
2015
Oct 23, 2020   |  By Fran Thorpe
There is a lot of noise surrounding the term “Observability”. While vendors and pundits debate three pillars, Lightstep has partnered with PagerDuty, to ensure software teams can move from context within an incident to quickly understand and determine root cause. Together we’re augmenting incident response solutions for pre-production scenarios.
Oct 22, 2020   |  By Brandon Cato
Grafana is one of the most popular open source analytics platforms in the market today. Teams use Grafana to visualize consolidated metrics from different applications and databases into a single dashboard. Now with Grafana and Lightstep, developers can power Grafana’s visualization with Lightstep’s rich trace data.
Oct 20, 2020   |  By Austin Parker
The goal of OpenTelemetry, ultimately, is to make observability a seamless and built-in feature of cloud-native software. However, there’s more to this than simply integrating with frameworks like gRPC or Spring Boot - observability works best when you combine data from a variety of sources. The OpenTelemetry Collector is an integral part of this, acting as a “swiss-army knife” that can integrate metrics, logs, and traces from a variety of sources and translate them as needed.
Oct 14, 2020   |  By Spoons
Here at Lightstep, we are committed to protecting our customers' data. Lightstep provides insights into our users' applications by explaining the performance anomalies and answering the question "what caused that change?" These insights are based on confidential data provided by our users, and we go to great lengths to keep that data secure (check out our security page). Today, we are announcing the availability of our Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II report.
Oct 7, 2020   |  By Fran Thorpe
In a world where minutes of downtime can cost millions of dollars, developers are frustrated by multitudes of unknowns that come with deploying new code. With the release of our new GitHub Action, the Lightstep Pre-Deploy Check, developers can be proactive about ensuring the quality and performance of their software before it’s actually deployed.
Oct 6, 2020   |  By Robin Whitmore
Along with the newsworthy release of our OpenTelemetry Launchers, this month, the Lightstep team delivered new OpenTelemetry features, integrations with some great vendors, and a Satellite update.
Oct 2, 2020   |  By Austin Parker
In my role as Lightstep's developer advocate, I spend a lot of time talking to developers about tracing and observability. One thing I’ve noticed in these conversations is that while a lot of systems look pretty different, we all have pretty similar problems that boil down to one real problem: understanding, or a lack thereof.
Oct 1, 2020   |  By Austin Parker
When you think about “tracing,” what do you think of? It’s one of those words in software development that is overloaded with meaning. Some people may think of a “stack trace,” the familiar blob of text issued by an application runtime that shows each function call preceding a point in the code where an exception occurred.
Sep 29, 2020   |  By Ben Sigelman
When I helped to create the OpenTelemetry project in early 2019, I came up with the mission statement we still use on opentelemetry.io: to “make robust, portable telemetry a built-in feature of cloud-native software.” Today, we’ve gotten a lot closer to the goal of “built-in telemetry” with the release of Lightstep’s OpenTelemetry Launchers.
Sep 29, 2020   |  By Ted Young
Exciting times in Otel land! OpenTelemetry is close to GA and v1.0 in a number of languages. We are close to finalizing the specification. Release candidates before the end of the year are looking very likely. Ever since Ben and I co-founded the OpenTelemetry project by merging our prior project (OpenTracing) with its sibling (OpenCensus), we’ve been pushing hard at Lightstep to help make OpenTelemetry a reality.
Oct 19, 2020   |  By Lightstep
Join Ted Young, Director of Developer Education at Lightstep, to learn how to get started with distributed tracing in Node.js using OpenTelemetry.
Oct 19, 2020   |  By Lightstep
Join Ted Young, Director of Developer Education at Lightstep, to learn how to get started with distributed tracing in Golang using OpenTelemetry.
Oct 7, 2020   |  By Lightstep
With the release of our new GitHub Action, the Lightstep Pre-Deploy Check, developers can be proactive about ensuring the quality and performance of their software before it’s actually deployed.
Oct 1, 2020   |  By Lightstep
This was recorded and presented for Kong's "Destination: Automation" summit in 2020.
Sep 17, 2020   |  By Lightstep
The industry has defined it as good practice to have as few alerts as possible, by alerting on symptoms that are associated with end-user pain rather than trying to catch every possible way that pain could be caused. Organizations with complex distributed systems that span dozens of teams can have a hard time following such practice without burning out the teams owning the client-facing services. A typical solution is to have alerts on all the layers of their distributed systems. This approach almost always leads to an excessive number of alerts and results in alert fatigue.
Sep 15, 2020   |  By Lightstep
See how Lightstep delivers best-in-class distributed tracing to enable developers to detect and resolve regressions quickly, regardless of system scale or complexity.
Sep 15, 2020   |  By Lightstep
Get up and running with OpenTelemetry Java in just a few quick steps! Lightstepper Forrest Knight demonstrates in real-time how to get OpenTelemetry installed and configured quickly and easily.
Aug 14, 2020   |  By Lightstep
It’s 2020: There is a plethora of data available about measuring SLIs and setting SLO targets. But, now that you have this data, what are you actually supposed to do with it? The classic example of “Ship features when you have error budget; focus on reliability when you don’t.” is antiquated, too simple, and ignores all of the amazing discussions and decisions you can have with your SLO data. Let’s talk about how you can use SLOs to actually make people happier — from your customers, to your engineers, to your business.
May 2, 2018   |  By LightStep
Report Finds Record Growth in Microservices is Disrupting the Operational Landscape

Delivering on the promise of unified observability, Lightstep enables teams to detect and resolve regressions quickly. We scale gracefully from a single service to hundreds, without limits to data volume or cardinality, as the needs of your business expand to empower any team size, at any stage in the software development lifecycle.

We integrate seamlessly into daily workflows, whether you are proactively optimizing performance or investigating a root cause so you can quickly get back to building features.

With auto-instrumentation and out-of-the box access to a root cause analysis engine, we enable immediate and meaningful insights in real-time.