What is OpenTelemetry? A Straightforward Guide 


OpenTelemetry is a set of APIs and SDKs that allows developers to collect and export traces, logs, and metrics. It enables instrumentation of cloud-native applications, allowing developers to collect telemetry data that helps them understand their software’s performance and behavior. 

OpenTelemetry is the way of the future – it’s open-source and vendor-neutral, meaning that developers avoid vendor lock-in. It enables effective observability so devs can easily pinpoint key issues and resolve them faster. 

In this eBook, you will learn how to get started with OpenTelemetry, what it is, and how it works. Let’s take a deep dive into OpenTelemetry, its structure and best practices, plus: 

  • OpenTelemetry and distributed tracing 
  • How the SDK works 
  • Deployment strategies 
  • Auto and manual instrumentation