Jaeger vs. Zipkin: Battle of the Open Source Tracing Tools

Jaeger vs. Zipkin: Battle of the Open Source Tracing Tools

Zipkin and Jaeger are open source tools that make distributed computing and microservice-based architectures easier to monitor and manage.

Often the mark of a revolutionary idea is that at first, it seems totally stupid. Take Twitter: in 2006 when the service launched, most people had a hard time seeing its potential. To make matters worse, Twitter was not only weird, it was also unreliable. Twitter was a killer app for the mobile generation, but its backend systems couldn’t handle its sudden popularity and massive adoption. At the time, most backend software was written as a monolithic application; not only were these systems fragile, but they were hard to extend and maintain.

In order to create more resilient and scalable systems, online services adopted distributed architectures that decomposed into microservices. Like many revolutionary ideas, this both solved existing problems and created a number of new ones.. Specifically, microservices that operate in highly dispersed environments are much harder to monitor and debug.

In this article, we’ll examine two tools, Zipkin and Jaeger, that are designed to make distributed computing and microservice-based architectures easier to monitor and manage. We’ll look at what these tools provide, their strengths and weaknesses, and we’ll make recommendations on why you should choose one or the other.

Observability: A Brave New World

Before we look at the tools, let’s take a deeper look at the problem and at the philosophy behind its solution. A monolithic application is like an old car: as soon as it starts making weird noises or something feels wrong, most of us can figure out what is wrong. If we have enough experience, we then dive under the hood and fix it. But a distributed system is more like a modern car: it will tell you something is wrong, but it gives you no indication of how to fix it without specialized tools or knowledge.

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