The need for relevant and contextual telemetry data to support online services has grown in the last decade as businesses undergo digital transformation. These data are typically the difference between proactively remediating application performance issues or costly service downtime. Distributed tracing is a key capability for improving application performance and reliability, as noted in SRE best practices. Today, we’re making it easier for you to understand what is happening within your applications by making trace information available directly in Cloud Logging.
Tracing provides critical insight into the overall performance of applications running in a distributed architecture by stitching together relevant information about events from the propagated request’s point of view. These events are referred to as spans, and they are the building blocks for trace objects.
Learn more: https://cloud.google.com/blog/products/operations/faster-debugging-with-traces-and-logs-together