Eric D. Schabell: Cloud Native Rejekts 2023 - Observability For You and Me with OpenTelemetry

Monday, April 17, 2023

Cloud Native Rejekts 2023 - Observability For You and Me with OpenTelemetry

The Cloud Native Rejekts 2023 is a fun event that is playing off of the main event later in the week, KubeCon + CloudNativeCon Eu. Basically, if your talk was rejected, you can give it here!

This is a bit of a different article than normal in that I was not planning to present at the Cloud Native Rejekts event, but due to late minute cancellation of a speaker on my team, I was slotted in.

The session will be a talk on observability and the open source community project known as OpenTelemetry, a basic introduction to the concepts and technology..

The talk was originally to be given by Paige Cruz, but she's unable to attend so I'm filling her slot. As promised in my talk, the slides are provided below along with the session abstract.

This talk will be on the basics of getting started with cloud native observability and specifically the open source project found in the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), OpenTelemetry. They recorded the session so enjoy the show:

For completeness, here are the slides:

Lastly, session abstract is provided below:

Observability For You and Me with openTelemetry

Are you interested in dipping your toes in the cloud native observability waters, but as an engineer you are not sure where to get started with tracing problems through your microservices and application landscapes on Kubernetes? Then this is the session for you, where we take you on your first steps in an active open-source project that offers a buffet of languages, challenges, and opportunities for getting started with telemetry data.

The project is called openTelemetry, but before diving into the specifics, we’ll start with de-mystifying key concepts and terms such as observability, telemetry, instrumentation, cardinality, percentile to lay a foundation. After understanding the nuts and bolts of observability and distributed traces, we’ll explore the openTelemetry community; its Special Interest Groups (SIGs), repositories, and how to become not only an end-user, but possibly a contributor.We will wrap up with an overview of the components in this project, such as the Collector, the OpenTelemetry protocol (OTLP), its APIs, and its SDKs.

Attendees will leave with an understanding of key observability concepts, become grounded in distributed tracing terminology, be aware of the components of openTelemetry, and know how to take their first steps to an open-source contribution! 

Room: The Suite

Time: Monday, 17 April, 09:30 - 10:00 CET

It was a gun hope you enjoyed the SWAG that was handed out!