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OpenTelemetry Observability

Edge Delta automatically structures logs in the OpenTelemetry schema, enabling you to:

  • Simplify OTel adoption

  • Break free from vendor lock-in

  • Easily investigate log data

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Why Adopt OpenTelemetry?

OpenTelemetry is an open-source project from the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). It aims to standardize how you collect metrics, events, logs, and traces, enabling the following benefits.

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    Mitigate Vendor Lock-In

    Moving away from proprietary data schemas and collection mechanisms makes it easier to adopt new observability platforms.

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    Remove Long-Term Complexity

    When you use OTel, you only need to learn one set of conventions and APIs, simplifying instrumentation and other business requirements.

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    Enable Interoperability

    OpenTelemetry integrates seamlessly with existing tools and standards in the observability ecosystem, driving interoperability.


Why is OTel Difficult to Implement?

While OpenTelemetry offers several benefits, its adoption comes with a unique set of challenges.

  • Complex Implementation: If your codebase or infrastructure is complex, integrating the framework can be challenging and time-consuming.

  • Compatibility Issues: Ensuring compatibility with existing instrumentation and observability tools is a significant time investment.

  • Migration from Legacy Systems: The migration process requires careful planning if you’re moving off of a different framework or using custom instrumentation.


Easily Adopt OpenTelemetry

  • Standardize your log data without making changes to the application code. Edge Delta gives time back to your developers.

  • Automatically format your data using the OTel schema. Our agent shapes your log data into the OTel schema with no additional work from the user.

  • Realize faster queries and correlation without heavy-lifting. Auto-structuring your logs removes the tedious work of moving off plain-text logs.


Embrace Open Observability

  • Implement vendor-agnostic observability. The Edge Delta agent moves your logs to the OTel format and enables you to route data from any source to any destination.

  • Route data to third-party observability platforms in a matter of clicks. Edge Delta provides a drag-and-drop interface for building observability pipelines.

  • Gain total control over your data. Easily clean, enrich, and add context to log events before you route them downstream.

Get Up and Running in 5 Minutes

With Edge Delta, observability works out of the box. Get set up in minutes, end ongoing toil, and gain pre-built views that make monitoring easy.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is OpenTelemetry?

OpenTelemetry, an open-source project from the CNCF. It is an observability framework for creating, collecting, and managing telemetry in a vendor-agnostic manner. It includes APIs, libraries, and standardized instrumentation.

Does Edge Delta support OpenTelemetry?

Yes. OpenTelemetry is the single standard for analyzing log data with Edge Delta.

We are committed to leveraging OTel moving forward. In the coming time period, we’ll move other data items to the OTel schema, including Log Patterns and Metrics.

Other observability providers are OTel-compatible. What makes Edge Delta different?

Many observability vendors claim to support OpenTelemetry. However, when these vendors also maintain proprietary standards, their OTel support is largely superficial.

That’s because proprietary standards leverage specialized fields to derive full value from their feature set. As a result, there is usually no way to leverage every feature while using the OpenTelemetry schema.

Edge Delta is taking the opposite stance. Our users will always be able to leverage our complete set of capabilities, without giving up the benefits of OpenTelemetry.

Additional Resources


Edge Delta Standardizes on OTel

Learn why Edge Delta standardized on the OTel schema for logging.

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OpenTelemetry is Eating the World

Learn about OpenTelemetry and the impact it will have on observability.

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