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Set up Traces Collection for Kubernetes Environments

After installing or upgrading your Sumo Logic Kubernetes Collection, you will be able to send your traces directly to its endpoint using OpenTelemetry (as well as older formats like Jaeger or Zipkin).

Traces will be enhanced with Kubernetes metadata, similarly to the logs and metrics collected by the collector. See below for installation instructions.


  • Kubernetes 1.19+
  • Helm 3.5+
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Installation process for Sumo Logic Tracing on Kubernetes

Installation is almost the same as for the official SumoLogic Kubernetes Collection, except a tracing flag (**sumologic.traces.enabled=true) needs to be enabled. The process follows using a Helm chart to set all required components. It will automatically download and configure OpenTelemetry Collector, which will collect, process, and export telemetry data to Sumo Logic.

In the following installation steps, we use the release name **collection and the namespace name sumologic. You can use any names you want, however, you'll need to adjust your installation commands to use your names since these names impact the OpenTelemetry Collector endpoint name.

Collection architecture

Tracing data from your services is sent through multiple local OpenTelemetry Collectors/Agents, deployed as a DaemonSet on each Node, which buffers and sends data to a OpenTelemetry Collector gateway. Finally, the data is sent to the OpenTelemetry Collector helping to shape and trim the traffic, both running as a Deployment.

Setting up the most recent Sumo Logic Kubernetes Collection

Refer to install/upgrade instructions for the current version. To enable tracing, sumologic.traces.enabled=true flag must be included.

If you plan to auto-instrument your Java, Python and JS applications in K8s environments (Beta), use the Helm command in that article.

Using command line

helm upgrade --install collection sumologic/sumologic \
--namespace sumologic \
--create-namespace \
--set sumologic.accessId=<SUMO_ACCESS_ID> \
--set sumologic.accessKey=<SUMO_ACCESS_KEY> \
--set sumologic.clusterName="<MY_CLUSTER_NAME>" \
--set sumologic.traces.enabled=true

Using configuration file

We recommend you create a new values.yaml file for each Kubernetes cluster you wish to install collection on and setting only the properties you wish to override. For example:

accessId: <SUMO_ACCESS_ID>
accessKey: <SUMO_ACCESS_KEY>
clusterName: <MY_CLUSTER_NAME>
enabled: true

Once you have the config customized you can use the following commands to install or upgrade:

helm upgrade --install collection sumologic/sumologic \
--namespace sumologic \
--create-namespace \
-f values.yaml

Enabling tracing for existing installations

Tracing is disabled by default. If you previously installed sumologic-kubernetes-collection 2.0 or higher without enabling tracing, it can be enabled with sumologic.traces.enabled=true.

Using command line

helm upgrade collection sumologic/sumologic \
--namespace sumologic \
... \
--set sumologic.traces.enabled=true

Using configuration file

The values.yaml file needs to have the relevant section enabled, such as:

enabled: true

After updating the configuration file, the changes can be applied with the following:

helm upgrade --install collection sumologic/sumologic \
--namespace sumologic \
-f values.yaml

Pointing tracing clients (instrumentation exporters) to the agent collectors

Using OTLP HTTP is recommended:

  • OTLP HTTP: <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelagent.<NAMESPACE>:4318

Alternatively, if required, you can use other supported formats as well:

  • Jaeger GRPC: <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelagent.<NAMESPACE>:14250
  • Jaeger Thrift HTTP: <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelagent.<NAMESPACE>:14268
  • Jaeger Thrift Compact (UDP): <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelagent.<NAMESPACE>:6831
  • Zipkin: <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelagent.<NAMESPACE>:9411/api/v2/spans
  • OTLP gRPC: <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelagent.<NAMESPACE>:4317
  • OTLP HTTP/deprecated: <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelagent.<NAMESPACE>:55681

For example, when the default release name (collection) and namespace (sumologic) is used, the endpoints are following:

  • OTLP HTTP: collection-sumologic-otelagent.sumologic:4318
  • Jaeger GRPC: collection-sumologic-otelagent.sumologic:14250
  • Jaeger Thrift HTTP: collection-sumologic-otelagent.sumologic:14268
  • Jaeger Thrift Compact (UDP): collection-sumologic-otelagent.sumologic:6831
  • Zipkin: collection-sumologic-otelagent.sumologic:9411/api/v2/spans
  • OTLP gRPC: collection-sumologic-otelagent.sumologic:4317
  • OTLP HTTP/deprecated: collection-sumologic-otelagent.sumologic:55681


Desired Kubernetes installation state

After enabling and installing tracing one should have additional Kubernetes resources:

  • otelcol - collector responsible for forwarding data to Sumo Receiver
    • Deployment: collection-sumologic-otelcol
    • Pod: collection-sumologic-otelcol-<hash>-<hash>
    • Replica Set: collection-sumologic-otelcol-<hash>
    • Service: collection-sumologic-otelcol
    • Service: collection-sumologic-otelcol-instr-metrics
    • Service: collection-sumologic-otelcol-headless
    • Config Map: collection-sumologic-otelcol
  • otelagent - collector responsible for data collection and tagging
    • Daemonset: collection-sumologic-otelagent
    • Pod on every node: collection-sumologic-otelagent-<hash>
    • Service: collection-sumologic-otelagent
    • Config Map: collection-sumologic-otelagent
  • otelgateway - collector responsible for traces load balancing
    • Deployment: collection-sumologic-otelgateway
    • Pod: collection-sumologic-otelgateway-<hash>-<hash>
    • Replica Set: collection-otelgateway-otelgat-<hash>
    • Service: collection-sumologic-otelgateway
    • Config Map: collection-sumologic-otelgateway

How to verify traces are installed and working?

  • There are no Kubernetes errors in the namespace sumologic.
  • There are running pods <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelcol-<hash>, <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelgateway-<hash>, <CHART_NAME>-sumologic-otelagent-<hash>
  • Kubernetes metadata tags (pod, replicaset, etc.) should be applied to all spans.
  • The OpenTelemetry Collector can export metrics, which include information such as the number of spans exported. To enable, apply the otelcol.metrics.enabled=true flag when installing or upgrading the Collector, for example:
helm upgrade collection sumologic/sumologic \
--namespace sumologic \
... \
--set otelcol.metrics.enabled=true

After enabling, several metrics starting with otelcol_ will become available, such as otelcol_exporter_sent_spans and otelcol_receiver_accepted_spans.

  • OpenTelemetry Collector can have logging exporter enabled. This will put on the output contents of spans (with some sampling above a certain rate). To enable, apply the following flags when installing/upgrading the collector (appending logging to the list of exporters):

    helm upgrade collection sumologic/sumologic \
    --namespace sumologic \
    --set otelcol.config.exporters.logging.logLevel=debug \
    --set otelcol.config.service.pipelines.traces.exporters="{otlphttp,logging}"

Having this enabled, kubectl logs -n sumologic collection-sumologic-otelcol-<ENTER ACTUAL POD ID> might yield the following output:

    2020-03-09T10:47:28.861Z TraceData with 1 spans
Node service name: carpogonial
Node attributes:
2020-03-09T10:47:28.861Z Span #0
Trace ID : 00000000000000004abaf4a8688cee33
ID : 1aad0bc2b44e8219
Parent ID :
Name : Carpoidea
Start time : seconds:1583750845 nanos:799855000
End time : seconds:1583751016 nanos:332705000
Span attributes:
-> zipkin.remoteEndpoint.ipv6: 5ab8:31e6:a7b:6205:13cb:a3fe:c180:ca26
-> ip:
-> zipkin.remoteEndpoint.port: 49088
-> zipkin.remoteEndpoint.serviceName: carpogonial
-> ipv4:
-> ipv6: 5ab8:31e6:a7b:6205:13cb:a3fe:c180:ca26
-> port: 49088
-> zipkin.remoteEndpoint.ipv4:
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