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Distributed Tracing In Practice

Many teams struggle to capture runtime transparency when using distributed and dynamic architecture. In this talk, we show that it is possible! We also cover simple and advanced examples of using the evidence to improve both product & processes.

Completing a transition to a microservices based architecture makes every software engineer feel good. You can be proud of requests spanning multiple individual services, each with isolated single responsibility. Exactly as you dreamed it would be.

In the course of this transition however, you will have also created several new problems. Among these is a whole new level of complexity related to understanding the behavior of the application when troubleshooting a problem. If you have ever wrestled with pinpointing the exact root cause during a post-mortem, this talk is for you.

After attending the talk you will understand how distributed tracing will help your team during incident response and post-mortems.

What will the audience learn from this talk?
Topics/Concepts covered in this talk include:
– What are distributed traces
– Different ways to add distributed tracing to your production services
– How the distributed traces expose the runtime architecture of your microservices in production.
– Examples of how a distributed trace highlights a problem
– Advanced examples of how distributed traces map root causes to real user impact