Lightstep Observability GA
April 6, 2020
released its observability solution to help developers better understand
the health of systems and services. This includes integrating new
metrics capabilities into their platform, enabling developers to have a
one-stop shop for all their observability needs. New analysis features
provide developers with the fastest and most effective way to
investigate errors, understand service health issues, and predict the
impact of new deployments.
As companies’ reliance on performant and reliable software increases,
developers are facing the brunt of the burden. Every second of downtime
can be detrimental to an organization’s bottom line, and the need for
developers to adopt tools that can mitigate these lapses is greater than
The next evolution of Lightstep’s distributed tracing tool is an
observability platform that provides automatic and rich analysis.
Lightstep’s powerful capabilities help developers develop, deploy, and
debug new service releases, regardless of the deployment methodology
used (for example, canaries, blue/green deploys). Developers will then
be able to identify and resolve the cause of performance degradations
faster than any other tool on the market. The error and latency analysis
feature simplifies the investigation of a service’s errors and latency
by quickly highlighting the source of the problem and how it propagates
through the call stack. It also helps developers understand what may
have caused the error with a list of data-driven hypotheses.
And with new capabilities around runtime metrics, the solution
accurately correlates metrics with problems in service performance. By
making runtime metrics accessible with zero additional configuration and
providing side-by-side visibility of performance metrics, developers are
able to quickly identify if problems in their runtime (e.g. increased
garbage collection, CPU, or memory) are causing service degradations.
“At our core, Lightstep is a company of developers, so we know
first-hand the stress placed on DevOps teams to execute seamless
deployments every time, and how it is only continuing to grow as tech
stacks get more complex,” said Daniel Spoonhower, CTO, Lightstep. “With
our new observability solution, developers can analyze errors in real
time, at any point in the deployment, and have all the tools and data
they need in one unified view - that integrate effortlessly into their
With current market offerings, data that developers need quick access to
is fragmented across many tools, making it difficult to swiftly
understand what has changed in the performance of their services.
Lightstep’s platform gives users a single place to answer real
observability problems in real-time.
new updates include:
Minimize the guessing: see
insights based on metrics, traces, and logs all in one place, and at the
Regression analysis: automatically
see what is contributing the most to your errors, latency, and
automatically see how different versions of your service are performing,
and quickly diagnose regressions
Seamless onboarding: guided
onboarding across almost any language in order to enable immediate
“The Service Health feature, with regression analysis built-in, is
exactly how I, as a performance engineer, would approach a regression.
Out of the box, we can pinpoint not only when and where a regression
first occurred, but also what caused the regression. All we had to do
was show Service Health to the service owner for them to understand
performance, distilled into three simple charts on a single tab.
Unbeatable,” said Ian Thompson, Senior Software Engineer, Skyscanner.