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Free Your Services From Vendor Lock-in with OpenTelemetry – Webinar Recording

The recording of our webinar, Free Your Services From Vendor Lock-in with OpenTelemetry, with Vera Reynolds and Phillip Carter, is now available. Subscribe to our community newsletter to receive notifications about future webinars.

OpenTelemetry is a vendor-neutral Observability framework for cloud-native software. It’s a set of APIs, SDKs, and tools so that you can better understand your software’s performance and behavior. Holy terminology, batman! This calls for an explainer.

In this session, Vera and Phillip will walk you through what OpenTelemetry is from a developer’s standpoint, why you should choose it if you’re building cloud-native applications, how you instrument a system with OpenTelemetry, and survey some backends for the data it generates. At the end of this session, you should feel equipped to start instrumenting your own codebase with OpenTelemetry.

Webinar agenda:

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 4:35 Start Phillip Presentation
  • 8:54 Answering question about your systems
  • 9:46 What data is involved?
  • 11:38 How to generate data. OpenTelemetry
  • 11:55 What is OpenTelemetry?
  • 14:48 Components of OpenTelemetry
  • 16:28 OpenTelemetry APIS
  • 17:51 Context Propagation
  • 19:40 Automatic Instrumentation
  • 22:14 SDKs, Distributions, Exporters, Collector
  • 26:07 The OpenTelemetry Collector
  • 28:51 Demo Time with Vera
  • 35:35 Adding our own instrumentation
  • 39:24 Adding our own attributes
  • 42:18 Inspecting outliers in Honeycomb UI
  • 49:16 Questions
  • 1:06:18 Wrap up


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About the presenters:

Vera Reynolds

Vera is a software developer who’s dabbled in many corners of the tech industry over the past decade. Having been on the user side of copious dev/ops tools, she was drawn to the other side of building such tools. In the recent past, she’s worked on the observability team at CloudFoundry, and the payments team at CircleCI.

She is now a Senior Telemetry Engineer, working on all things integration/instrumentation, at Honeycomb. She likes questioning entrenched patterns and appreciates elegant simplicity, in code and in life.

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Phillip Carter

Phillip Carter is a Senior Product Manager at Honeycomb focused on helping them build out a great developer experience. Prior to Honeycomb, Phillip worked at Microsoft working on the F# language and tools, .NET tooling for Visual Studio, and helping drive .NET to move away from its Windows-focused past to be fundamentally cross-platform. He’s active in the F# OSS community and helps maintain several libraries. In his spare time, you can find him in the mountains – with a backpack in the summer, and with a snowboard in the winter.

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