Grafana Tempo

Grafana Tempo


High volume, minimal dependency distributed tracing backend

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Grafana Tempo is a user-friendly distributed tracing system that helps organizations gain insights into the performance and behavior of their applications. It is designed for simplicity and efficiency in collecting and analyzing traces, making it a popular choice for those seeking an uncomplicated and effective solution for understanding their system's performance. Unlike complex alternatives, Grafana Tempo focuses on ease of use without compromising on powerful tracing capabilities.

One key advantage of Grafana Tempo is its cost-effectiveness. It employs a unique storage strategy that allows users to store traces in their own object storage, such as Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Storage. This approach reduces infrastructure costs, making it an attractive option for organizations looking to benefit from distributed tracing without breaking the bank. Users appreciate the flexibility of choosing their storage solution based on their budget and performance requirements.

Grafana Tempo also stands out for its open and vendor-neutral approach. It provides compatibility with the OpenTelemetry standard, allowing users to easily integrate with various instrumentation libraries and export traces to Tempo. This openness fosters interoperability and ensures that users are not locked into a specific vendor or technology stack. Organizations choose Grafana Tempo for its simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and commitment to industry standards, making distributed tracing more accessible and manageable for a wide range of users.

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Initial Release

Jun '21

CNCF Stage

User Interface

Does it include a user interface?

Requires Grafana


Does it support the OpenTelemetry spec?


Does it process Traces?


Does it process Logs?


Does it process Metrics?


Where does the backend store its data?

S3, GCS or Azure Blob Storage


Traces - Service Graph View using Grafana
Traces - Service Graph View using Grafana
How does Tempo work?
How does Tempo work?
Very good, I love this service!
I have used it for many years.
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