Eric D. Schabell: KCD Denmark - Observability for You and Me with OpenTelemetry (slides)

Tuesday, November 14, 2023

KCD Denmark - Observability for You and Me with OpenTelemetry (slides)

As I previously posted, I couldn't pass up on the first ever Kubernetes Community Days (KCD) in Denmark today.

It was exciting to see that this event provided slots for workshops as well as normal sessions as you can see in the program.

I presented on OpenTelemetry in the morning from the main stage and below you can find the slides along with the session abstract.

The slides I used today are provided for your viewing pleasure.

Furthermore, here is the recording:

The talk title and abstract is provided for posterity.

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 your microservices and applications 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 opportunities for getting started with telemetry data. The project, openTelemetry (OTEL), is where we start with de-mystifying key concepts and terms such as observability, telemetry, instrumentation to lay a foundation. Then we’ll explore the OTEL community 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 OTEL protocol (OTLP), its APIs, and its SDKs. Attendees will leave with an understanding of key observability concepts in distributed tracing!

Key takeaways: Open source, vendor neutral instrumentation is an exciting new reality as the industry standardizes on openTelemetry for observability. OpenTelemetry is on a mission to enable effective observability by making high-quality, portable telemetry ubiquitous. The world of observability and monitoring today has a steep learning curve and in order to achieve ubiquity, the project would benefit from growing our contributor community.

It was a lot of fun and the organization was fantastic. I'd recommend this event to anyone interested in presenting to a sharp, dedicated, and knowledgeable crowd.

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