Instana

We have been working with Instana since 2016 when they set about creating a new generation of application and infrastructure monitoring designed to cope with the most modern, dynamic and complex mix of cloud native and traditional environments.

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Since 2016 Instana has developed from an infrastructure monitoring tool into a fully fledged APM solution designed to cope with everything from the most modern dynamic component-based cloud native environment that need to cope with hundreds of changes a day, to more traditional enterprise applications deployed on-premise or in private clouds.

As you will read below in our TOP 10 technical reasons for liking Instana, its also worth noting that commercial benefits are also impressive.

Instana only charges a single price per host and as they continually expand the coverage all the new features and capabilities are bundled free.

Whether you an existing Instana customer or considering your options, we would love to help you explore how you can gain real-time insights into application performance, user experience, and business outcomes.

We don’t provide ‘standard packages’ you have to choose from. We review your individual needs and help you decide what's right for your business.

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“It is hard to imagine us being able to have successfully incorporated microservices into our architecture without the support of AP and the application monitoring they have recommended during our journey. They have truly partnered with us and always gone out of their way to ensure we are getting the most out of the products they provide.”
Murray Williams

Senior Software Architect - inexus

Why we like Instana

Having started with a blank sheet of paper in 2016, Instana have created an APM  solution designed for modern cloud native and hybrid environments, without forgetting more traditional enterprise applications.

Here are our TOP 10 (admittedly technical) reasons we like Instana.

Keeps 100% of Trace requests

So you will always have the information you need unlike other tools that sample data and then lack full visibility, often at the time it matters most

Minimal configuration

Instana has been built to use as much automation and self discovering as possible, reducing the time taken to deploy, configure and become useful.  These same features also ensure that Instana continually understands changes within your environment, adapting its monitoring and reducing the traditional headache of maintenance

Dynamic Graph

Instana knows the complex interrelationships between all entities from services to JVMs, as well as processes, containers, hosts, clusters on which your applications depend. This makes it easy to navigate through your technology stack to find and fix performance bottlenecks

Cloud Native

Instana has been built for microservices and cloud-native applications such as those running in containers orchestrated by Kubernetes from day 1. The way in which Instana has embraced this new way of doing IT means its users have a real advantage of more traditional APM solutions

100+ Sensors

Instana already supports an ecosystem of hundreds technologies with key performance metrics and built-in knowledge about each of them. This pretty much guarantees that as a customer you will be up and running quickly, with Instana neatly co-existing with your other chosen tools. There is no need to start again.

One agent

No need for multiple agents on a single server. Instana has a  single agent that once deploys pulls in and configures the correct monitoring based on the technologies you are using. It the closest thing to ‘fire and forget’ we’ve seen in 20 years of working in the APM space!

Real time

You can see what is happening right now and the impact of any changes or deployments instantly. No need to wait minutes to see the impact of a change! When troubleshooting a problem or validating a new deployment, waiting several minutes for monitoring data can seem like a lifetime.

1s granularity

This is a big deal. Tools which aggregate metric data to 1min or more miss the detail of short lived spikes in performance. With Instana there is no risk that you will miss the data you need to get on and fix a problem

Long data retention

Instana keeps detailed data for longer so that its still possible to troubleshoot problems days after the event. Unlike other tools where the detailed traces or granular metric data is lost after 1 day, Instana keeps full data for 7 days before rolling up. You no longer need to worry about being able to troubleshoot a problem on a Monday that occurred on Friday.

Real User Monitoring

Trace 100% of browser requests and link them to 100% of the server side traces, for end-to-end understanding and context. Even better news is that Instana included its RUM monitoring at no additional cost when you purchase its APM agents.

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"We can wholeheartedly recommend AP to any company wishing to ensure they have the right monitoring in place and, having done so, to get the most out of it."
Murray Williams

Senior Architect, inexus

How can we help you?

Whatever combination of application and technologies you would like to monitor, we would love to help you explore the possibilities and see how you can gain new insights.

Our approach is to provide just what you need in terms of software and services to ensure your customers and users receive the high-performance user experience needed to support the demands of your business.

We don’t provide ‘standard packages’ you have to choose from. We review your individual needs and help you decide what's right for your business.

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