This post is to help orient folks who want to learn more about observability but maybe feel overwhelmed by the vocabulary list. The goal is to get everyone on the same page about what these words mean so that we can focus on leveraging the tools and ideas to build better software and deliver more value!
As a Customer Advocate, I talk to a lot of prospective Honeycomb users who want to understand how observability fits into their existing Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) practice. While I have a passing familiarity with the discipline, I wanted to learn more about what SREs do in their day-to-day work so that I’d be better able to help them determine if Honeycomb is a good fit for their needs.
We often get questions about the difference between using our Beeline SDKs compared with other integrations, especially OpenTelemetry (abbreviated “OTel”). That’s why the team decided to do some integration dogfooding by instrumenting our own code with OpenTelemetry alongside existing Beeline instrumentation.