Many distributed systems include API calls to services in the AWS cloud. Instrumenting your own services with OpenTelemetry is great for monitoring performance inside your system, but observability becomes a black hole once a call is made out to the cloud. Issues in those cloud services might be causing latency or errors in your services, but there’s no way to tell.
To solve this problem, you can use an OpenTelemetry AWS plugin that automatically instruments services in the AWS cloud with OpenTelemetry. With a single line of code, it instruments and then captures all requests made from your Node.js service to the AWS API. The resulting data can then be seen in Lightstep, removing the blind spots from your observability.
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