OTel Tracing stability milestone reached
OTel Tracing stability milestone reached with OpenTelemetry Collector. As a result, OpenTelemetry Collector has released its first GA version. With version 0.36.0, the tracing components come with stability guarantees for tracing in the OpenTelemetry Protocol (OTLP) as well as end-to-end support for collecting, processing, and exporting traces. Therefore, Traces, and the components that process them, will have a stable API and configuration even as they continue to work to stabilize metrics and logs. Using the latest semantic conventions, the Collector now provides a common set of attributes, and semantics for those attributes, ensuring that consistent metadata is available for all telemetry data.
Tracing can now be used with confidence in production thanks to this milestone for OpenTelemetry.
Collector release highlights include:
- Full support for OTLP v0.9.0
- Updated to the latest specification semantic conventions
- Auth and config improvements
- Improvements to the pdata API used in Collector components
- Removal of dependencies on deprecated components
In other project updates, tracing support is also stable for the OpenTelemetry language libraries for Java, Go, .Net, Python and C++. Consequently, with OpenTelemetry API/SDK, you can now instrument your production applications and begin collecting trace data.
What does Otel Tracing stability mean?
The OTel Tracing is a credible tool which you can use in production with confindence.
Metrics in OpenTelemetry
OpenTelemetry Metrics APIs allow the capture of measurements about the execution of a computer program at run time. Developers can access their service’s operational metrics by using the Metrics API, which is designed specifically to process raw measurements and produce continuous summaries of those measurements.