Eric D. Schabell: KCD Oslo 2024 - Observability for you and me with OpenTelemetry

Thursday, December 7, 2023

KCD Oslo 2024 - Observability for you and me with OpenTelemetry

The first event I'll be speaking at in 2024 is the Kubernetes Community Day (KCD) in Oslo, thanks to the acceptance of one of my favorite getting started in cloud native observability talks.

Events like KCD Oslo 2024 are essential CNCF community driven and sponsored gatherings in various countries around the globe for developers, engineers, DevOps, managers, and Site Reliability Engineers (SREs). 

The official CNCF site states that, "KCDs are community-organized events that gather adopters and technologists from open source and cloud native communities for education, collaboration, and networking. These fun, locally-defined events help grow and sustain Kubernetes and other Cloud Native communities."

Just last year I spoke at KCD Czech & Slovak and KCD Denmark, really enjoying the community atmosphere combined with enterprise practitioners. They are well organized, well attended, and my talks were so much fun with the engaged and enthusiastic audiences.

On 25 January in Oslo, I'll be on stage again at  a KCD introducing you to cloud native observability.

The talk I am going to be giving is one of my favorites as I mentioned. It's an introduction, easing you into the world of cloud native observability with OpenTelemetry (OTel). Below is the abstract and key takeaways for those that plan to attend.

Observability for you and me with OpenTelemetry

Are you interested in dipping your toes in the cloud native observability waters, but as an engineer are not sure where to start with tracing problems in your microservices 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, and we'll start with de-mystifying key concepts and terms such as observability, telemetry, instrumentation, and cardinality. After understanding the nuts and bolts, we’ll explore the openTelemetry community and how to become not only an end-user,  but possibly a contributor. Attendees leave with an understanding of key observability concepts, become grounded in distributed tracing terminology, and can take their first steps in open source!

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.

This is a 101 introduction talk and might or might not end with a short demo of the OTel project, depending on the audience and time allowed for the talk. Also be sure to watch the KCD Oslo page for updates as they will soon publish the schedule, for both the workshop day on 24 January and the day of talks on 25 January.

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