The IBM® Instana® platform is a great APM tool with all important capabilities to provide end-to-end observability and AIOps to the companies. The Instana platform can instrument the applications automatically using the one-agent concept where, with a single agent, it can instrument all kinds of applications.
So, why do I need to instrument an application using OpenTelemetry (Otel)? We have some good reasons why, and this example is just because the application is hosted on IBM® Cloud Foundry where we can’t install any agent. In this kind of situation, we have two options to instrument the application.
The first one is to use Instana manual instrumentation and the second one is to use Otel instrumentation and send the tracing to the Instana backend. And, in this example, we’ll use Otel to do it.