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Getting started with OpenTelemetry on Kubernetes

Getting started with OpenTelemetry on Kubernetes is pretty simple, and can be quite beneficial to your business overall if utilized correctly.

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Getting started with OpenTelemetry on Kubernetes is a great way to get your hands dirty with using a new system for tracking application performance, and team productivity. This tool was made by the folks at NCC Group who are well known for producing some really cool tools for Kubernetes. It has been around for a while but has just recently been released to the public as an open-source project. Many companies have already taken advantage of it to help improve their monitoring and performance monitoring needs.

Getting started with OpenTelemetry on Kubernetes is pretty simple, and can be quite beneficial to your business overall if utilized correctly.

Getting Started

You have three main options: 

  • The first involves creating your own ‘container’ using the ‘containers’ module. This will set up the environment for you, but you’ll need to understand that there are only a few pre-made containers available. Once you have a container setup, you will have access to the OpenTelemetry ‘services,’ which you can use to get started with OpenTelemetry on Kubernetes.
  • The second option is to install a pre-made container. These are easy to find and install, but they also typically come with pre-configured resources, such as resources for the containers and container drivers. They should be able to install all of the OpenTelemetry services that you need to get started with OpenTelemetry on Kubernetes. You’ll also want to make sure that they can be easily upgraded. 

If you choose this option, make sure that any of the resources you add will be able to upgrade with it as well. You may also want to install the Open Telemetry ‘services’ as part of your own ‘containers,’ or even as a separate application.

  • The third and easiest way of getting started with OpenTelemetry on Kubernetes is to use the default OpenTelemetry containers that are included in the distribution. These are easy to install and configure, and should have all the resources that you need to get started. Some of these containers are available at the “Containers” module of the dashboard, while others are located within the default cluster.

If you are having trouble finding these containers, you should try running kubectl directly from the console and locate the ‘Kubernetes’ image. Once you find the OpenTelemetry ‘services’ listed, they should be easy to install and start with.

Complete The Application And Create An Account

If you’re interested in this service, check out the OpenTelemetry website. On the website, there are a number of ways to help you get started, including tutorials and a number of guides to help you set up your own system easily. Remember, this is a very simple web-based service that allows you to use a standard Java application to get started.

You’ll first need to create an account on the service, which you can do by going to their website and then filling out the form. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be given a username and password which you will use to login into the system.

Run The Program

The next thing you need to do is to open the application and then click on the “run” button. Here are the next steps to follow:

  1. If everything goes well then you should be able to see a working server on the screen.
  2. Once you’re ready to get started with OpenTelemetry, and the Kubernetes monitoring system, click on the dashboard link on the top right. 
  3. Once there, click on ‘create dashboard.’ Once you’re done with that, you’ll be taken to the dashboard and you’ll see a couple of different dashboard types. One is called ‘Dashboard – Simple’ and another one is called ‘Dashboard – Full Service.’ Once you have a good look at these two dashboard types, you can choose which one will work best for you and your specific needs.

Selecting Your Images And Documents

There are a number of documentation files that you can go through online to get you started. Once you’ve found the right set of docs, build a repository and set up a custom image. You can use a pre-made image, or you can use one of the many guides that exist for this software. Make sure that you understand what you’re doing before you start with this system. The best way to do this is to take the time to understand the system and figure out exactly how you can put your knowledge to work for you.

After you’ve done this, you’ll be ready to start using it properly. It’s important to understand the process and have an efficient system in place when working with Kubernetes.


Regardless of what you’re using the OpenTelemetry service for when it comes to your business projects, there are a number of factors you can benefit from like distributed tracing and monitoring team productivity, as a couple of examples.

It all comes down to what you think is best for you and your business, which will require trial and error with specialty programs like OpenTelemetry and Kubernetes. Fortunately, applications like these are quite malleable and can be applied to just about any platform to potentially help improve your business structure.

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