Instana Improves Visibility of Kubernetes Application and System Performance
December 11, 2018
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Instana announced further enhancements to the company’s automatic application monitoring solution for containerized applications. The new capabilities center around Instana’s Application Perspectives, a way to group and analyze all performance metrics and traces from specific application components.

“While Kubernetes-based orchestration allows DevOps to keep applications operating properly most of the time, it’s quite challenging to understand what is happening,” said Pete Abrams, Instana co-founder and COO. “To help developers quickly and easily understand how their application code is behaving within a Kubernetes environment, Instana has connected Kubernetes and Kubernetes Service monitoring directly to application performance metrics and traces. This happens completely automatically.”

Instana’s Application Perspectives changes the way in which IT organizations, especially development teams, use APM solutions for monitoring and troubleshooting their distributed microservice applications. Using operational tags or allowing real-time ad hoc definitions, Instana’s Application Perspectives gather all the metrics and traces that are related to specific applications, filtering out the noise from other distributed systems.

“DevOps and Site Reliability Engineers are important, but they aren’t the only application performance stakeholders,” Abrams continued. “Developers are also involved in performance tuning and troubleshooting containerized microservice applications. That’s why Instana has created an entire User Experience specifically for the developer community.”

Instana’s automatic APM solution for dynamic applications is unique in its ability to automate every step of the application monitoring lifecycle, from monitoring deployment to application discovery and monitoring. Instana automatically consumes any source of performance and tracing information, including popular open source solutions like Jaeger and Zipkin. Like other Instana APM capabilities, the new Kubernetes monitoring occurs automatically, making it a quick and easy way to monitor Kubernetes applications and assure their performance.

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