Introduction to Grafana Tempo, a high-scale distributed tracing backend

Along with metrics and logs, tracing is one of the three pillars of modern observability. Grafana Tempo is a high-volume distributed tracing backend whose only dependency is object storage. Unlike other tracing backends, Tempo can hit massive scale without a difficult-to-manage Elasticsearch or Cassandra cluster.

In this webinar, we will use an instrumented application to demonstrate how to use logs and Prometheus exemplars to find traces effectively in Tempo. The demo will hit on the basics of operating Tempo and reveal how Tempo allows us to scale tracing as far as possible with less operational cost and complexity than ever before.

During this webinar, you’ll learn:

  1. Why Tempo?
  2. Getting started setting up Tempo
  3. How to discover traces without native search
  4. Upcoming Grafana exemplar support
  5. Upcoming Prometheus exemplar support

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Eli Bonadies

Solutions Engineer, Grafana Labs

As a solutions engineer at Grafana Labs, Eli guides organizations on their observability journey. With a background in science and experience across tech, SaaS and data companies, he has passions for problem solving and collaborating with others. In his free time, you’ll find Eli exploring new places and engaging in activities such as football, snowboarding and free-diving.