Robust Observability: OpenTelemetry with Austin Parker

Robust Observability: OpenTelemetry with Austin Parker

"At the heart of all of this is, OpenTelemetry is solving a really big problem for a lot of people, which is why it's been as successful as it's been."

OpenTelemetry is an open-source observability framework for collecting and managing telemetry data. OpenTelemetry has been more successful than expected, becoming the second fastest growing project in the CNCF. It allows for flexibility and avoids vendor lock-in, making it attractive to startups and large enterprises alike. On today’s show, Eric (@ericmander) sits down with Austin Parker (@austinlparker), director of open-source at Honeycomb.

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In this episode we discuss:

  • How Austin’s interest in complex systems led him to the observability field and developer relations

  • An X argument that contributed to the merger of OpenTelemetry and OpenCensus

  • Why foundations help maintainers to strike a balance with their contributors

  • Austin’s opinion on the secret to OpenTelemetry’s success


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