The New Stack Features Apache SkyWalking

Apache SkyWalking, the open source APM that Tetrate has embraced as the path to observability, was featured yestreday by the New Stack, the podcast and DevOps tech blog.

In “SkyWalking: APM for the Heterogeneous New Stack,” Susan Hall describes SkyWalking founder Sheng Wu– who is now a Tetrate engineer– grew SkyWalking in just four years from a small project supported by a handful of volunteers into an Apache Top Level Project with hundreds of contributors, used in more than 70 companies. SkyWalking provides a “holistic platform for collection, aggregation and domain specific query system,” Wu told the New Stack. “It also is truly heterogeneous, in that it not only has agents for different systems, it also seamlessly blends service mesh in.”

Tetrate has endorsed SkyWalking as an essential tool for any company looking for a complete and meaningful map of their entire, distributed system. SkyWalking went service-mesh ready with its last, 6.0 release, and will soon support service mesh observability directly from Envoy.

New Stack highlighted the following SkyWalking features:

  • A polyglot agent-based instrumentation mechanism.
  • Tools that focus solely on distributed tracing usually don’t provide agents. Multiple language agents provided, especially with auto instrumentation supported, in Java, .NET and Nodejs.
  • Performance: Its impact CPU on the monitored application is less than 10%, even with a payload instance of just over 5k transactions per second/requests per second. This lightweight payload would support 100% trace sampling in production environments.
  • Observability for distributed systems based on traditional, agent-based and service mesh architectures, with consistent analysis and visualization.
  • Topology and dependency analysis without sampling.
  • Easy operation and maintenance achieved directly by our clusters, without reliance on big data technology

Check back soon for SkyWalking’s performance-boosting 6.1 release, expected at the end of May.

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