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The OpenTelemetry Collector uses pipelines to receive, process, and export trace data with components known as receivers, processors, and exporters. You can also add extensions that provide OpenTelemetry Collector with additional functionality, such as diagnostics and health checks.

The OpenTelemetry Collector has a core version and a contributions version. The core version provides receivers, processors, and exporters for general use. The contributions version provides receivers, processors, and exporters for specific vendors and use cases.

The Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector is a distribution of the OpenTelemetry Collector. The distribution is a project that bundles components from OpenTelemetry Core, OpenTelemetry Contrib, and other sources to provide data collection for multiple source platforms. The customizations in the Splunk distribution include these features:

  • Better defaults for Splunk products

  • Fluentd for log capture

  • Tools to support migration from SignalFx products

Check Migrate from SignalFx Smart Agent to the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector to learn how to migrate your data from the SignalFx Smart Agent to the Collector.

Caution

Splunk officially supports the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector. Splunk only provides best-effort support for the upstream OpenTelemetry Collector.

Use the Collector

To use the Collector:

  1. Install the Collector. Get instructions for installing the Collector on a variety of platforms. Or use our guided install.

  2. Configure the Collector. Download default and advanced configuration files.

  3. Use the Collector in Observability Cloud. Determine your access token, realm, and deployment mode to start using the Collector.

  4. Troubleshoot issues when collecting data. Try these troubleshooting techniques and learn how to open a support request.

For a complete overview of the Collector resources, refer to Overview of the Splunk Distribution of OpenTelemetry Collector.

Guided install for the Collector

Splunk Observability Cloud offers a guided setup to install the Collector:

  1. Log in to Splunk Observability Cloud.

  2. In the left navigation menu, select Data Management to open the Integrate Your Data page.

  3. Select Add Integration to open the Integrate Your Data page.

  4. Select one of the platforms in the Splunk OpenTelemetry Collector section.

  5. Follow the step-by-step process provided in the platform’s guided setup.