Introduction to the Instana Operator

The Instana Operator manages the whole Instana backend and makes it easy for you to run it on Kubernetes. It automates the deployment of all components and takes care of required database migrations.

The Operator is a controller that runs on the cluster. It uses a set of custom resources that describe the Instana setup in a declarative manner.

It watches for changes to these resources and reconciles them as necessary.

A kubectl plug-in helps you install the Instana Operator and trigger administrative actions that the Operator performs. For more information, see Installing the Instana kubectl plug-in and Installing the Instana Operator.