Reason 1: Support for a multitude of platforms and architectures
The OpenTelemetry Collector Contrib distributions are available for many platforms (Windows, Linux and MacOS) and architectures (x86_64 and arm64). By adopting OpenTelemetry Collector Contrib components, Sentry Software has been able to provide REHL, Debian, and Windows packages (rpm, deb, and msi) to install Hardware Sentry.
Reason 2: Support for a variety of observability back-ends
Many vendors, including Datadog, Splunk, Dynatrace, etc., regularly contribute to the otelcol-contrib project by creating receivers, exporters, and components. By natively including all the available components in its distribution, Hardware Sentry allows its users to expose the collected data to the observability back-end of their choice. These components are maintained by the vendors themselves.
Reason 3: Benefit from a large supporting community
More than 195 developers and 45 companies, including Sentry Software, Datadog, Dynatrace, Splunk, etc. contribute to the CNCF OpenTelemetry Collector Contrib project. The community is diverse and strong. Sentry Software strongly believes in OpenTelemetry.
Reason 4: High-quality components
OpenTelemetry Collector Contrib follows the same stability levels defined by the OpenTelemetry Collector project to ensure only high-quality components are included in the contribution repository. The exact stability status of each component is provided in its README.md file for greater transparency. It is either Development, Alpha, Beta, Stable, Deprecated, or Unmaintained.
Reason 5: A la carte Features
The OpenTelemetry Collector Contrib project includes the feature gate mechanism, allowing users to enable or disable certain features while running the collector. The feature can be enabled through the command line using the --feature-gates flag: otelcol-contrib --config=otel-config.yaml --feature-gates=gate1,-gate2,+gate3
Thanks to OpenTelemetry Collector Contrib, Hardware Sentry's users can now:
Install Hardware Sentry on the platform of their choice through intelligent wizards
Expose the collected data in the observability back-end of their choice
Benefit from the innovation driven by large businesses and a committed community
Fully trust the components provided
Enable or disable features when running the collector.