Instana Enhances Monitoring Platform
July 13, 2020
introduced multiple new features and capabilities with its cloud-native
application monitoring solution to help enterprises manage their mission
critical applications more effectively. The new capabilities include UX
improvements, operational enhancements, and new monitoring sensors for
“As the line blurs between enterprise and cloud-native microservice
applications, Dev and Ops teams need a wider range of technology support
and enterprise-level features,” said Chris Farrell, Technical Director
and APM Strategist at Instana. “The set of capabilities Instana
announced today will provide organizations with the visibility and
ease-of-use they need to keep pace with continuing digital
transformation and innovation.”
The new features Instana launched include a more robust enterprise
user experience, monitoring and tracing for complex enterprise platforms
and operational enhancements for large organizations:
Redis Enterprise Monitoring Sensor
IBM MQ Monitoring Sensor
Role Based Access Control
IT organizations running enterprise scale environments have operational
requirements for a larger number and broader set of users. Instana’s new
dashboards and role-based access are both designed to provide all users
with the exact details they need without having to get training on the
nuances of Instana’s data and user interfaces.
As organizations monitor cloud-native applications with bigger teams and
more stakeholders involved, Custom Dashboards give users the ability to
build personalized dashboards based on a variety of UI widgets and
settings such as charts, markdowns and time zone, allowing them to
visualize any data on a single screen.
With the growing complexity of infrastructure and IT landscape, it is
increasingly difficult for users to cut through the swaths of data and
noise and focus on the exact information they need. With Role Based
Access Control, organizations have the ability to create and manage
groups with corresponding permissions and access areas. This provides
the control to reduce the number of visible Application Perspectives
(unique dynamic groupings by application, individual service owners and
teams), services, and events by team so that each user has a tailored
view of exactly what they need to see.
Instana’s APM solution has also added NGINX tracing capabilities, which
automatically integrate with Instana End User Monitoring (EUM) to
natively extract tracing requests passing through NGINX, removing the
blind spot of the NGINX proxy and gathering performance and latency
metrics of services running inside and behind NGINX.
New Instana enterprise monitoring sensors include IBM MQ and Redis
Enterprise. For IBM MQ, a major platform in legacy messaging systems,
Instana’s solution now collects metrics directly from IBM MQ to enhance
the contextual detail required to fully understand the health and
performance of messages, applications and the IBM MQ system, itself.
Instana’s APM solution now monitors Redis Enterprise Key Performance
Indicators (KPIs) at the individual component and application level.
These KPIs are used for real-time health monitoring of each instance and
cluster and leveraged to understand the Redis Enterprise performance
within overall applications. The end result is the ability to be alerted
the moment there is a negative impact from users of a business critical
Unlike traditional APM tools, Instana’s automated Application
Performance Monitoring (APM) solution discovers all application service
components and application infrastructure, including infrastructure such
as AWS Lambda, Kubernetes and Docker. Instana automatically deploys
monitoring sensors for each part of the application technology stack,
traces all application requests and profiles every process – without
requiring any human configuration or even application restarts. The
solution detects application and infrastructure changes in real-time,
adjusting its own models and visualizing the changes and any performance
impact in seconds.
The new features and sensors are available in both the SaaS and on-prem
versions of Instana’s Application Performance Management solution.