OpenCensus is a tracing and metrics API, which consists of a set of libraries for several languages.

Instana provides exporters, the logic that translates spans that are defined by the OpenCensus model, to collect distributed traces for the following technologies:

Technology Details
Java Link
Node.js Link

Instana exporters use Instana host agent processes as proxy, and then the traces are exported from instrumented Java or Node.js applications to the Instana backend.

If the host agent is installed on the same host as Census, ensure to deactivate automatic tracing.

For how to use Instana exporters for tracing collection, see the following topics: