Tracing Down a Root Cause With LightStep Tracing

Moving from monolithic apps toward microservices has sped development, but brought new complexities. LightStep showed off their LightStep [x]PM platform at Cloud Field Day last year, but this was targeted at large enterprises. With their recently released LightStep Tracing, the company is offering a SaaS solution that provides an easy on ramp into distributed tracing, without a completed setup process.

Meeting the Challenges of Managing Microservices-based Applications

LightStep’s [x]PM was a highlight of their Cloud Field Day presentation from earlier this year. Keith Ward was a delegate at the event, and was impressed by how LightStep could monitor complex microservices while maintaining full visibility in real time without overhead. LightStep [x]PM might not be a great fit for smaller organizations without complex applications, but many modern apps would benefit from this type of performance monitoring.

LightStep: application performance management for the new stack

For Joep Piscaer, seeing LightStep [x]PM at Cloud Field Day this month at first seemed pretty routine. It seemed to be a run of the mill, if functional, Application Performance Management tool. But after watching their presentation, it becomes clear that [x]PM is different. It’s built by a team that knows how to deal with extremes of scale and concurrency from Google, but with the vision that most organizations don’t need to operate at a Google level of scale. In a world obscured by microservices, [x]PM offers something unique, a tool that tells a coherent story on transactions across the distribution and concurrency, abstracting away those complexities and surfacing the right information and insights.

Microservices Are Something You Grow Into, Not Begin With

Nick Janetakis wrote up a piece looking at how developers should approach microservices. For Nick, this is something that should be organically grown into over time, not something you seek to create from the first line of code. He uses the example of LightStep to illustrate how this grows naturally in development, and when it’s worth it to pursue. Look for Nick to speak on a similar topic on an upcoming On-Premise IT Roundtable podcast, recorded at Cloud Field Day this month.

EP14:- A chat bout #CFD4, news and what to look forward to

On the OpenTechCast, Ather Beg talks about his experience at Cloud Field Day earlier this month. He looks at his experience signing up as a delegate, and reviews the companies he heard from. He highlights what stood out with LightStep, Cohesity, Aviatrix, and others. He also details a delegate trip to SETI Institute and some of the other activities not on our typical live stream.

The Cargo Cult of Google Tools

Tom Hollingsworth was inspired by LightStep’s presentation at Cloud Field Day this month, specifically CEO Ben Sigelman. Tom builds off of his point that most companies shouldn’t try to emulate the process of Google. His argument is that their processes aren’t better, just more scalable. Most organizations would be better server with more feature rich architectures.

Cloud Field Day 4 (#CFD4) : A Heads-Up

Ather Beg gives an excellent rundown of each presenting sponsor for this week’s Cloud Field Day, explaining what each company does and why you should be interested. As a first-time delegate, he is excited to join the Tech Field Day community and looks forward to a great event.