Using Instana

Instana provides a single platform that can be used across entire organization. See the powerful functions of Instana as follows:

  • Business monitoring

    Business monitoring is an add-on for IBM® Instana Observability (Instana), available in Instana SaaS, that provides proactive monitoring of business processes.

  • Monitoring mobile applications

    Instana supports mobile app monitoring by analyzing actual URL request times, which provides detailed insights into the app experience of users, and deep visibility into application call paths.

  • Monitor websites

    Instana supports website monitoring by analyzing actual browser request times and route loading times. It allows detailed insights into the web browsing experience of users, and deep visibility into application call paths.

  • Monitoring applications

    Instana introduces the next generation of Application Performance Management (APM) with its application hierarchy of services, endpoints, and application perspectives across them. The main goal is to simplify the monitoring of your business' service quality.

  • Monitoring serverless

    Instana helps monitor your serverless workloads.

  • Monitoring Kubernetes

    Instana can help you access detailed Kubernetes information, analyze Kubernetes calls, link Kubernetes services and logical services, use built-in or custom health rules for Kubernetes entities alerting, and trace workloads deployed on the service meshes.

  • Monitoring Cloud Foundry and VMware Tanzu (formerly know as Pivotal Cloud Foundry)

    Hosts and containers in a Cloud Foundry or VMware Tanzu foundation are discovered automatically and displayed in the infrastructure map. You can easily filter for all entities in a foundation.

  • Monitoring vSphere

    Instana enables you to monitor the metrics and configuration data on vSphere.

  • Monitor Infrastructure

    Instana ensures that at any time the infrastructure is monitored and represented as it is. All issues and changes that are detected on the infrastructure are constantly related to any occurring issues and incidents on the application and end user level. In this way, you can have a comprehensive understanding of all parts that deliver the application.

  • Synthetic monitoring

    Synthetic monitoring, also known as proactive monitoring, can simulate actions that an end-user takes on an application from different locations and continuously monitor at a specific interval for performance characteristics like availability and response time.

  • Profile Processes

    Instana AutoProfile™ is an an automated and continuous production profiler, which enables you to continuously analyze code-level performance in production without negatively impacting production applications.

  • Managing events and alerts

    You can use Instana to manage built-in issues and incidents, define custom events, configure and manage alerts, set up alert channels, schedule maintenance windows, and configure custom payload in alerts.

  • Managing actions (Beta)

    The Instana automation action framework supports automating actions to diagnose and remediate events. By using the action catalog, you can create new actions or integrate with existing automation through a script, webhook, or other third-party automation providers. You can associate actions with various Instana events and run the actions by using an action sensor on the Instana host agent.

  • Building custom dashboards

    Instana provides built-in dashboards to support common use-cases and remove the necessity for custom dashboards. In addition to the built-in dashboards, Instana supports custom dashboards to better satisfy users' needs.

  • Service Level Objectives (SLO)

    Instana enables users to create and manage your Service Level Objectives (SLOs), which are necessary to analyze the quality of service (QoS) and reliability goals in concrete, measurable, objective terms.

  • Filter with Dynamic Focus

    Instana provides Dynamic Focus, a robust search and filter function that is capable of searching through all data contexts simultaneously.

  • Leverage the Dynamic Graph

    Instana provides Dynamic Graph, a model of your application that understands all the physical and logical dependencies of components such as Host, OS, JVM, Cassandra Node, MySQL, etc. The graph also includes logical components such as traces, applications, services, clusters, and tablespaces.

In addition to these functions, Instana has six core capabilities to uniquely address the challenges facing modern Dev+Ops teams. See Core Capabilities.