Kafka instrumentation is supported out of the box with the Helios OpenTelemetry SDK.
Below are a few examples of how you can leverage this E2E observability in Helios.
When searching for the
Kafka component you will see all services and traces that include handling Kafka messages. The traces are grouped by APIs (if a message is consumed by the service) and Outgoing operations (if a message is produced by the service).
When using trace visualization, it's very easy to see the E2E flow of operations (spans) handled by different Kafka topics.
In addition to tracing E2E applicative flows, Helios provides you with the insight and tools to investigate slow processing times of messages across your distributed application.
Currently supported in the Helios OpenTelemetry SDK for Node.js version 1.0.84 or newer, and Python version 1.0.100 or newer.
Queue latency is calculated at the instrumentation level and thus can be handled as all other span properties are, through the labels, alerts and notifications mechanism in Helios.
Queue latency is also easily available on the trace visualization, for any span consuming a message from a queue (and specifically, Kafka).
Also, each API that is essentially the service consuming a message - now includes the queue latency distribution widget as part of the API dashboard. Clicking on each bar takes you to the relevant traces with the corresponding queue latency time.
Finally, you can also use a dedicated view in Helios to analyze message queue times - the time that passes from writing the message to it being read - across various topics and identify bottlenecks or just unwanted delays. This view is available regardless of
It's easy to replay flows triggered by Kafka directly from the traces in Helios.
Kafka operations can be included in end-to-end tests generated in Helios. Kafka spans in any trace can be configured and set as validation checkpoints when generating test code.
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Updated 4 months ago