Get started

Start using Lightstep Observability by sending metric data, instrumenting your services, and then use that data in Lightstep Observability for root cause analysis and to monitor performance.

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Send metric data to Lightstep Observability

You can send metric data to Lightstep Observability from many different sources.

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OpenTelemetry Quick Start

Get started with OpenTelemetry and Lightstep Observability using the OpenTelemetry Demo app to see data in Lightstep quickly.

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Monitor and investigate

Lightstep Observability has a number of tools that help you in all your observability flows, whether it's continual monitoring, triaging an incident, root cause analysis, or managing your team's observability practices.

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Query your data

Learn how to query your metric and span data in Lightstep Observability using either the Unified Query Builder or using the editor with UQL.

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How Lightstep Observability works

Learn how metrics, tracing, Microsatellites, the SaaS platform, and the web UI work to analyze 100 percent of unsampled transaction data from distributed, deep systems to produce complete end-to-end traces and robust metrics that explain performance behaviors and accelerate root cause analysis.

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Understand distributed tracing

Distributed tracing provides a view of the life of a request as it travels across multiple hosts and services communicating over various protocols. With distributed tracing implemented, you have a window into performance at every step in the request.

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Use notebooks in your investigation

You can create notebooks for ad-hoc queries, post-mortems, runbooks, collaboration, or anytime you want to keep a record of an investigation.

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Lightstep Observability Glossary

Glossary of terms used in Lightstep Observability.