Yesterday we kicked off the first-ever virtual KubeCon + CloudNativeCon and I could not be more proud. I’m proud of both the hardworking team here at CNCF and also the wider #TeamCloudNative who rallied and came together to make this a truly community-driven effort. While we have a passionate community that is enjoying this week with each other, I want to take this opportunity to invite all of you who may wonder whether cloud native is the place for you, to join in. You belong.

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“You are all important as equal whatever your role!” said @pritianka during launching Keynote of @CloudNativeFdn #KubeCon pic.twitter.com/vjImc60XXG


A framework based on Acknowledgments, Aspirations, and Resolutions. Plus, my list!

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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

The Framework

Resolutions alone don’t make a year. In my mind, there are three tools to self-improvement which can be used year-over-year, or over any other time frame of choice. Acknowledgment, Aspiration, and finally Objectives (or good old resolutions).

“The first step in solving a problem is recognizing there is one” ― Will Mcavoy

Acknowledging or recognizing behavior patterns (both positive and negative) is important to understanding ourselves. Without enough time reflecting, it is impossible to know what should be a behavior pattern to celebrate or aspire to change. The reason is not that we are dense human beings, but rather that often things that hold us back or propel us forward may be subtle. …


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Why I am going to OSCON

This will be my second time at OSCON. I had a great experience last year in Austin and am back for seconds. I usually go to conferences focused on DevOps or distributed systems. However, OSCON, is one of the exceptions. I go to OSCON because I am a believer in open source. I go there to meet like minded women, men, people of all kinds really, and learn from them. Together, we learn about technologies and forward the culture of open source. And I don’t mean this in a platitude kind of way. I have not been to any other conference where I met folks from the NSA as well as Google as well Expedia. I have never met anyone from the NSA before, period. But here in Portland, we are all a part of this community and are moving it forward. …


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I am joining GitLab as a Director of Alliances. I’ll be focused on the cloud native ecosystem and this is a dream job for me. In this blog post I share the amalgamation of personal, cultural, and market factors that led to my decision and so it may be a bit long. Feel free to Pocket it for that train ride back home. Or, if you are a GitLabber, you can read it in the time you’ve saved by killing the commute in an all-remote workforce :-).

Please note that these are my personal opinions: I do not speak for my employers, old or new. Also, perspectives develop over time and this is my understanding of our landscape in the here and now. I hope to keep updating this blog as my thought process evolves.


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Apologies for the delay in the March newsletter. We are days late but not dollars short. The theme that popped out to me for this month is just how many amazing companies are building offerings on top of OpenTracing. Check out the community contributions to learn more about HayStack from Expedia, AppOptics from Solar Winds, OpenTracing adapters for HoneyComb, and more. People are also sharing more and more about their OpenTracing usage, as we saw with the end user meetup in Austin. HomeAway’s presentation is available below.

Looking ahead, I’m excited to let you know that April is going to be the month of the EMEA Roadshow for OpenTracing. We’ll be in Berlin, Paris, and of course at KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in Copenhagen. …


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February was a great month for OpenTracing. In addition some amazing community integrations, such as Pandora.js by Alibaba, we had a number of conference proposals accepted. If you’re going to be at KubeCon EU in May or at OSCON in July, book your tickets now! We will be hosting OpenTracing workshops there in addition to the talks. Read more on KubeCon, OSCON, and other upcoming events in the sections below.

OpenTracing Project Updates

Documentation working group

The Documentation Working Group meets every Thursday. Read notes from the past meetings in the agenda document. New and returning contributors are welcome to attend.

Cross language working…


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Members of OpenTracing made a New Year’s Resolution in 2018 to communicate the progress made by the project regularly and consistently. To that end, this is the first of many posts to come. Read on to learn about what happened in and adjacent to OpenTracing in the month of January 2018.

OpenTracing Project Updates

DataDog, New Relic, Instana, and Skywalking Joined the OpenTracing Specification Council

The following people+projects have recently joined the OTSC:

To learn more about the OTSC and its responsibilities, please check out the project organization document.

Kicking Off Documentation and Language Maintainers…


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Article courtesy of Juraci Paixão Kröhling. Original available on the @JaegerTracing publication.

A few weeks ago, during the Open Source Summit NA 2017, it was announced that Jaeger was accepted as part of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The same conference had a Diversity and Inclusion track, where the Outreachy project was mentioned. This sounded like a great opportunity to send an application to this program for two open source projects that I contribute to, Jaeger and OpenTracing.

At the highest level, a trace tells the story of a transaction or workflow as it propagates through a (potentially distributed) system. As developers convert monolithic systems into modern microservice architectures, often developed using different programming languages, having a way to reconstruct and diagnose the journey that transactions take through the system becomes even more important. …


An interview with Gary Brown

2016 has become the year distributed tracing came to the forefront. Around since the 1970’s, tracing moved beyond the academic world with the proliferation of microservices, starting with Dapper at Google. With the announcement of X-Ray at Amazon re:Invent on Thursday, distributed tracing has come front and center in 2016. While there’s a lot of excitement around this new offering, some of the top comments on the Hacker News article announcing the product are about vendor lock-in fears. This is where OpenTracing, an open standard for vendor-neutral instrumentation, comes in. …


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I joined the OpenTracing project some months ago and progressively got more involved. I am now helping organize the first quarterly OpenTracing update call. If you are interested in attending, read on!

To cut to the chase and RSVP, please follow the instructions in the Agenda flyer.

Some background

OpenTracing is a vendor-neutral context propagation API. Developers use it to instrument their code base and pass context from the start to finish of a request. Once hooked to a tracing system, real-times traces of the app in production are available. Common use cases for tracing include, latency and reliability monitoring, root cause analysis, and debugging in microservices based architectures. …

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Priyanka Sharma

GM at CNCF @cloudnativefdn | Advisor at @Heavybit | Big fan — #observability, #opensource, good writing, & dog/ dogged people | Opinions my own

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