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ApacheCon NA 2020 Virtual


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 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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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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Apache SkyWalking: v6 is service-mesh ready


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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