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Abstract: Applications, and the teams that build them, have changed. In lieu of monolithic services and complex deployments, the software industry is moving towards smaller and more composable services that can be deployed more rapidly by independent teams. This paradigm shift in development style and strategy calls for new tools and techniques in order to understand our software. Distributed Tracing has found some favor as an answer to the problems posed by modern development, but what is it really? How does it work, and where did it come from? In this talk, you’ll learn about the history of distributed tracing, why it’s become so popular, how it can replace traditional logging methods for monitoring application state, and how you can get started using it.

By the end of this talk, you’ll –

  • Understand the current state of distributed tracing and its history.
  • Learn how distributed tracing helps alleviate common distributed systems problems.
  • Be able to evaluate distributed tracing analysis tools, and differentiate between them.

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Bio: Austin Parker is the Principal Developer Advocate for Lightstep, an open source contributor and maintainer for OpenTelemetry and other projects, and the organizer of Deserted Island DevOps, the world’s first Animal Crossing DevOps conference.

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