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ServiceNow has made Lightstep Unified Query Language (UQL) generally available. The solution provides observability-as-code and helps manage Kubernetes-based applications. Users gain visibility into Kubernetes-based applications at scale.

According to ServiceNow, the tool helps DevOps specialists add observability functionality to large-scale Kubernetes-based applications from the moment they’re designed. This should provide applications with native observability that allows for continuous insight.

Ultimately, the tool improves consistency, maintenance and replication capabilities in multi-cloud environments. The tool also allows developers to migrate observability data from other tools to the Lightstep platform with a single query language. This helps access and correlate the metrics, logs and traces of thousands of Kubernetes nodes, servers and serverless applications.

Continuous insight

According to ServiceNow, the tool overcomes the limitations of existing observability solutions. These typically only allow applications to be observed at the application level instead of the infrastructure and microservices level. By adding observability to Kubernetes clusters, distributed applications are observable from the start.

Unified telemetry

ServiceNow developed the tool with the help of Lightstep’s technology, which it acquired in 2021. Earlier this month, the organization announced the acquisition of log and observability specialist Era. ServiceNow plans to further develop Lightstep UQL for combined telemetry solutions and applications.

Tip: ServiceNow expands Lightstep by acquiring Era Software