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Lightstep offers role-based access control (RBAC) to features and functionality. You can add users manually or automatically via domain whitelisting, allowing any user at the domain access without an explicit invitation.
You can have several projects in Lightstep. For example, you might have one project for your development environment and one for production. Or you may have projects for different areas of your application while they're in development.
You need to supply a Lightstep API Key as the Authorization header for all API requests, using the bearer identifier. You also may need API keys when you integrate Lightstep with other applications.
Lightstep use access tokens to identify the project the tracer is reporting for. Lightstep Satellites need this token to accept and store span data from the tracer.
Satellites require keys to authenticate and communicate with Lightstep. You need to create a Satellite key when you install and configure Satellites.
Security teams commonly have questions about running Lightstep as part of their production environment. This document summarizes how you can categorize and evaluate Lightstep from a security perspective.
Lightstep automatically determines how well your services are instrumented and performing, and sends email notifications that let you know how you're doing.
The span data that you view and use in Lightstep for observability into your system depends on the quality of your tracing instrumentation. The better and more comprehensive your instrumentation is, the better Lightstep can collect and analyze your data to provide highly actionable information. Lightstep analyzes the instrumentation on your services and determines how you can improve it to make Lightstep work even better for you.
When you integrate Lightstep with Slack, you can copy a link to a specific Explorer query, Trace View page, or Stream, post it into any Slack channel in your workspace, and all the pertinent info from that page displays in the Slack channel.
Lightstep allows you to configure the amount of time your data is stored to match your company's data rentention policy.