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· 9 min read
Ankit Anand

“Think with a very long time horizon, act with great short-term urgency and effectiveness, success guaranteed.”
Sam Altman

Welcome to our first monthly product newsletter of 2023, SigNal - 21!

Last month, we worked closely with our users to ship some advanced features which will enable our users to take advantage of their observability data more effectively. We were also trending on the front page of hacker news and got featured as one of the fastest-growing open source startups.

· 12 min read
Vaishnavi Abirami

gRPC (Google Remote Procedure Call) is a high-performance, open-source universal RPC  framework that Google developed to achieve high-speed communication between microservices. gRPC has Protobuf (protocol buffers) by default which would format or serialize the messages to a specific format that will be highly packed, highly efficient data. By its virtue of being a lightweight RPC, gRPC is suited for many use-cases.

· 10 min read
Vivek Sonar

Grafana and Splunk are both used as monitoring tools. But while Grafana is majorly used as a data visualization tool, Splunk is an enterprise security and observability platform. Monitoring tools are essential for any business that wants to have visibility into its IT infrastructure. They provide real-time data that can be used to identify and troubleshoot problems. Grafana and Splunk are two of the most popular monitoring tools on the market.

· 14 min read
Nitin Rohidas

In the previous article, we learned what distributed tracing is, why it is necessary, how to do tracing, encountered challenges with existing tracing tools, and finally discovered that there is a more mature option available for the industry to adopt in terms of telemetry and observability.

In this article, we will be trying to understand OpenTelemetry in more depth.

· 12 min read
Joseph Chege
Splunk is a powerful unified security and observability tool that analyzes data and logs. Splunk allows you to monitor and visualize data in real-time. It analyzes machine-generated data and logs through a web interface. While Splunk is a powerful platform, it might not suit your needs. In this post, we discuss 11 top Splunk alternatives that you can consider.