Tracing the guts of Kubernetes


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Kubernetes is important and sometimes mysterious. Could tracing reveal its inner workings, and help me make sense of it?

I got excited about Daniel Dias’s article on the OpenTelemetry blog, about a Kubernetes Cluster with Runtime Observability. In 1.27, Kubernetes emits OpenTelemetry traces about its own doings! And AWS now offers Kubernetes 1.27 on EKS, which I can use!

Buuuut EKS and AKS (Azure) do not expose these traces, and we don’t get to fiddle with the config files it says to change. Managed Kubernetes does not offer me these insights.

It’s almost enough to make me want to operate Kubernetes myself, just to spy on it, hmmmm….

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