Put open source to work
July 16–17, 2018: Training & Tutorials
July 18–19, 2018: Conference
Portland, OR

Prometheus, OpenTracing, and Envoy: The observability movement in open source

Priyanka Sharma (GitLab)
4:15pm4:55pm Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Distributed computing
Location: Portland 255
Level: Beginner
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)

Who is this presentation for?

  • Engineering practitioners working with distributed systems

Prerequisite knowledge

  • An understanding of microservices in production

What you'll learn

  • Explore projects focused on observability, see how they all fit together, and get a sense of the future to plan their observability efforts


What do DataDog, InfluxData, Lyft, Uber, and LightStep have in common? They’ve all made major open source contributions to observability projects over the last few years. Priyanka Sharma explores the various projects leading the way (including Prometheus, OpenTracing, and Envoy), explains how they fit together, and offers a view of the future ecosystem. In addition to discussing the current movement, Priyanka shares best practices on how organizations can build and contribute to observability in open source, which will continue to strengthen the ecosystem.

Topics include:

  • Why there’s been so much activity in the observability ecosystem
  • The benefits of these projects
  • Observability best practices for engineering leaders
  • What new projects are coming
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Priyanka Sharma


Priyanka Sharma is the director of technical evangelism at GitLab and serves on the board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). She has deep expertise in DevOps and observability. A former entrepreneur with a passion for growing developer products through open source communities, Priyanka advises startups at HeavyBit industries, an accelerator for developer products. She holds a BA in political science from Stanford University and loves reading and playing with her dog, Ollie, in her spare time.