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ApacheCon NA 2020 Virtual

Keynote

Tetrate engineer Wu Sheng, creator of Apache SkyWalking, will give a keynote talk on this open source observability platform at ApacheCon NA 2020, Sept. 29 at 5 a.m. EDT.

Since joining the Apache community in 2017, Sheng has witnessed historic growth of the open-source culture in China. Many developers have joined the ASF as new contributors, committers, foundation members. Beyond simply using the projects, Chinese enterprises and companies have paid more attention to open source contributions. In his keynote, Sheng will discuss China’s role and interest in enhancing and embracing the “Apache way.”

Sheng is a founding engineer at Tetrate who pioneers observability for service mesh and hybrid cloud. A searcher, evangelist, and developer in the observability, distributed tracing, and APM. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation. He created the Apache SkyWalking project and is its VP and PMC member. He is the Co-founder and PMC member of Apache ShardingSphere and is a PMC member of Apache Incubator and APISIX. He has been honored as a Microsoft MVP, Alibaba Cloud MVP, and Tencent Cloud TVP.

Sheng is passionate about open source software and culture.


Observability Track

ApacheCon’s Observability track kicks off with a talk on SkyWalking Sept. 29 at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

Tetrate’s Hongtao Gao joins the observability lineup at 7:30 a.m. EDT with a talk on the History of Distributed Tracing Storage.

Over the past few years, and coupled with the growing adoption of microservices, distributed tracing has emerged as one of the most commonly used monitoring and troubleshooting methodologies. New tracing tools are increasingly being introduced, driving adoption even further. One of these tools is Apache SkyWalking, a popular open-source tracing, and APM platform. This talk explores the history of the SkyWalking storage module, shows the evolution of distributed tracing storage layers, from the traditional relational database to document-based search engine. I hope that this talk contributes to the understanding of history and also that it helps to clarify the different types of storage that are available to organizations today.

Hongtao Gao is the engineer of tetrate.io and the former Huawei Cloud expert. One of PMC members of Apache SkyWalking and participates in some popular open-source projects such as Apache ShardingSphere and Elastic-Job. He has an in-depth understanding of distributed databases, container scheduling, microservices, ServicMesh, and other technologies.

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Observability at scale: SkyWalking it is!

SkyWalking, a top-level Apache project, is the open source APM and observability analysis platform that is solving the problems of 21st-century systems that are increasingly large, distributed, and heterogenous. It’s built for the struggles system admins face today: To identify and locate needles in a haystack of interdependent services, to get apples-to-apples metrics across polyglot apps, and to get a complete and meaningful view of performance. 

SkyWalking is a holistic platform that can observe microservices on or off a mesh, and can provide consistent monitoring with a lightweight payload.

Let’s take a look at how SkyWalking evolved to address the problem of observability at scale, and grew from a pure tracing system to a feature-rich observability platform that is now used to analyze deployments that collect tens of billions of traces per day. 

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What’s new in SkyWalking? MeterSystem and mesh monitoring in 8.0

Apache SkyWalking, the observability platform and open source application performance monitor (APM) project, today announced the general availability of its 8.0 release. Known for its powerful metrics, tracing and service mesh capabilities, SkyWalking extends its functionality with the new release by addressing user demand for metrics integration with other metrics collection systems, including Prometheus.

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ApacheCon North America

Tetrate’s Sheng Wu, creator of Apache SkyWalking, speaks at ApachCon North America after SkyWalking is named a top Apache project in 2019.

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3X performance improvement in SkyWalking’s recent 6.1 release

Apache SkyWalking, the observability analysis and application performance monitoring (APM) tool, shattered its own performance record with its recent 6.1 release.

Designed especially for microservices, cloud native and container based architecture, SkyWalking provides distributed tracing, service mesh telemetry analysis, metric aggregation and workload visualization.

Following SkyWalking’s integration with Istio and Envoy-based Service Mesh at the end of 2018, our colleague, Hongtao Gao, set a performance baseline with his blog post SkyWalking performance in Service Mesh scenario.

Using an 8 CPU, 16GB VM test environment, SkyWalking was found to support 25K telemetry data per second, or 100K data per second in a 3-node cluster using elasticsearch as storage.

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Apache SkyWalking: The New Stack features “the APM for the Heterogeneous New Stack”

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] (https://thenewstack.io/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.

Contact us to learn more about Apache SkyWalking!

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The New Stack – Cloud Providers vs. Open Source, the Open Source Leadership Summit

Service Mesh Startup Tetrate Aims to Bring Enterprise Scalability to Istio, Envoy: In a surprise announcement at the event, we learned of a set of service mesh technologies from a new startup called Tetrate, founded by now-CEO Varun Talwar, who created the popular service mesh Istio at Google. It will be a while before we see the bits, but at least the newfound company has released some open source utilities — including GetEnvoy, Apache SkyWalking, and the Tetrate Istio Cloud Map Operator.

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Apache SkyWalking: v6 is service-mesh ready

Context

The integration of SkyWalking and Istio Service Mesh yields an essential open-source tool for resolving the chaos created by the proliferation of siloed, cloud-based services.

Apache SkyWalking is an open, modern performance management tool for distributed services, designed especially for microservices, cloud native and container-based (Docker, K8s, Mesos) architectures. We at Tetrate believe it is going to be an important project for understanding the performance of microservices. The recently released v6 integrates with Istio Service Mesh and focuses on metrics and tracing. It natively understands the most common language runtimes (Java, .Net, and NodeJS). With its new core code, SkyWalking v6 also supports Istio telemetry data formats, providing consistent analysis, persistence, and visualization.

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