Uptrace: OpenTelemetry APM at scale

OpenTelemetry APM (Application Performance Monitoring) is a tool that helps developers and DevOps teams to monitor applications performance in production environments.

With OpenTelemetry APM, you can instrument your code to collect detailed telemetry data such as traces, metrics, and logs. The collected data can then be exported to various backends such as Uptrace, Prometheus, Elasticsearch, and Jaeger for analysis and visualization.

Uptrace is a source availableopen in new window OpenTelemetry APM built from the ground up to fully follow OpenTelemetry specification and guidelines.

OpenTelemetry APM

What is OpenTelemetry?

OpenTelemetry is an open source project that provides a unified and vendor-neutral observability data format and APIs for modern cloud-native applications.

OpenTelemetry defines APIs and protocols for collecting telemetry data such as OpenTelemetry tracesopen in new window, OpenTelemetry metricsopen in new window, and logs, and provides a variety of libraries, agents, and integrations for popular programming languages and technologies.

OpenTelemetry enables developers to better understand behavior of their applications and diagnose performance issues more easily.

How Uptrace works?

Uptrace stores telemetry data in ClickHouse database. ClickHouse is an open source column-oriented database management system that is designed to process large volumes of data in real-time and to provide fast analytics and reporting capabilities.

To manage alerts and send notifications, Uptrace uses AlertManager. AlertManager receives alerts from Uptrace, deduplicates, groups, and routes them to the appropriate receiver integration such as email, Slack, Telegram, and more.

Why Uptrace?

  • Single UI for traces, metrics, and logs.
  • Efficient ingestion: more than 10K spans / second on a single core.
  • Excellent on-disk compression with ZSTD, for example, 1KB span can be compressed down to <40 bytes.
  • S3 storage support with ability to automatically upload cold data to S3-like storage or HDD.
  • Automatic alerts with notifications via email, Slack, Telegram, and more.

Best-in-class OpenTelemetry

Uptrace is fully compatible with OpenTelemetry and natively supports OpenTelemetry protocol (OTLP) either via gRPC (OTLP/gRPC) or HTTP (OTLP/HTTP) transports.

You can send OpenTelemetry data to Uptrace with these options:

Uptrace provides pre-configured OpenTelemetry SDKs for Go, Python, JavaScript, Ruby, Java, and PHP.

All-in-one APM

Uptrace is an all-in-one Application Performance Management tool that provides a single integrated UI for traces, metrics, and logs.

Uptrace helps identifying performance bottlenecks in applications, such as slow database queries or unoptimized code.

Trace analysis provides a visual representation of how requests flow through the application, including how long each component takes to complete.

Uptrace log management capabilities help to centralize, search, and analyze log data from different parts of the application.

Uptrace allows to monitor your whole application stack on a compact and informative dashboard. You get a quick overview for all your services, hosts, and systems.

Uptrace dashboard

You can also analyze application performance using a fast and intuitive query language. You have the full power of SQL at your disposal to get deep insights from your data.

Uptrace filters

OpenTelemetry Demo

In less than 5 minutes, you try Uptrace with OpenTelemetry Astronomy Shop demo appopen in new window, a microservice-based distributed system intended to illustrate the implementation of OpenTelemetry in a near real-world environment.

Step 1. Download the opentelemetry-demo using Git:

git clone https://github.com/uptrace/opentelemetry-demo.git
cd opentelemetry-demo

Step 2. Start the demo:

docker compose up --no-build

Step 3. Make sure Uptrace is running:

docker-compose logs uptrace

Step 4. Open Uptrace UI at http://localhost:14318/overview/2open in new window

If something is not working, check OpenTelemetry Collector logs:

docker-compose logs otelcol


OpenTelemetry Instrumentationsopen in new window are plugins for popular frameworks and libraries that use OpenTelemetry API to record important operations, for example, HTTP requests, DB queries, logs, errors, and more.

You can check the following tutorials to get started with the most popular frameworks:

What's next?

Next, get started with Uptrace by downloading Uptrace binary or creating a cloud account.

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