Cloud-native development has revolutionized application development in ways that are both positive and challenging. The adoption of microservices architectures on container-based infrastructures enables faster software development lifecycles. At the same time, problems can strike when changes are made to apps, such as adding new features. Moreover, app updates can happen multiple times a day. So how do teams track down problems when error messages pop up, or when it suddenly takes longer to load an application?

Unlike the monolithic approach to application development, where a straightforward application call makes it easy to find where a problem exists, cloud-native applications and the container-based infrastructure they run on are ephemeral. This means problems are elusive. The need for distributed tracing, which tells you exactly where a problem is happening, becomes acutely important for teams needing to quickly fix their applications.

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