OpenTelemetry and Observability: What, Why, and Why Now?

Wednesday, December 07, 2022 - 11:40 am–12:10 pm AEDT

Greg Leffler, Splunk


OpenTelemetry enables you to own your own observability-related telemetry data and take it anywhere. In this talk, I'll explain what the OpenTelemetry project is, give a brief overview of how it enables observability, and discuss why data ownership with OpenTelemetry is so important. You'll learn the components of an OpenTelemetry data pipeline and you'll also learn why you should care as an SRE. OpenTelemetry reduces toil, is the industry-standard for observability instrumentation, and is still a relatively new project, so you have lots of opportunity to contribute and shape the direction it goes in.

You'll leave this talk with an understanding of why OpenTelemetry is the future and its overall design and philosophy.

Greg Leffler, Splunk

Greg Leffler heads the Observability Practitioner team at Splunk and is on a mission to spread the good word of Observability to the world. Greg's career has taken him from the NOC to SRE, from SRE to management, with side stops in security and editorial functions at eBay Advertising and LinkedIn. In addition to Observability, Greg's professional interests include hiring, training, SRE culture and operating effective remote teams. Greg holds a Master's Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Old Dominion University.

@conference {284881,
author = {Greg Leffler},
title = {{OpenTelemetry} and Observability: What, Why, and Why Now?},
year = {2022},
address = {Sydney},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = dec,

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