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Seattle, WA
December 10–13, 2018
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Wednesday, December 12 • 1:45pm - 2:20pm
Using Application Identity to Correlate Metrics: A Look at SPIFFE and SPIRE - Priyanka Sharma, GitLab

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In an ideal world, we would have a standardized way to identify running software systems that our monitoring tools could easily lean on, even when spread over multiple teams, geographies, and platforms. But real-world deployments are rarely so simple. I will explain how application identity can be used as the basis for correlating metrics from multiple sources (with the help of OpenTracing) and detail some of the challenges inherent in defining application identity in different contexts (such as virtual machines, functions, and different Kubernetes primitives). I then offer an overview of open source projects like SPIFFE and SPIRE, which have modernized identity authentication across microservices, and demonstrates how SPIRE, Fluentd, Prometheus, and Jaeger can be used together to precisely correlate logs, metrics, and traces to improve and diagnose real-world production issues.

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Priyanka Sharma

Director of Technical Evangelism, GitLab
Priyanka Sharma is the Director of Cloud-Native Alliances at GitLab Inc. She also serves on the board of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and has deep expertise in DevOps and observability. A former entrepreneur with a passion for growing developer products through open... Read More →


Wednesday December 12, 2018 1:45pm - 2:20pm
Ballroom 6B