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

Thursday, January 25, 2024

KCD Oslo 2024 - Observability for you and me with OpenTelemetry (slides)

 As I previously published, today I spoke at the inaugural  Kubernetes Community Day (KCD) in Oslo

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). 

Last year I shared this talk at KCD Denmark and really enjoyed the community atmosphere combined with enterprise practitioners. This is a well organized event, with +150 attendees that sold outand my talks were so much fun with the engaged and enthusiastic +70 audiences.

Below you'll find the slides from my talk and for completeness, my talk title and abstract.

This was an introduction, easing you into the world of cloud native observability with OpenTelemetry (OTel) that I expanded to include a live demo from our online OTel workshop.

Below is the abstract and key takeaways.

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.

Thanks to everyone that attended, especially to the 6 SREs that played along and validated much of the pain points mentioned!

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