IBM Instana Observability


Amplify your application performance monitoring with industry-leading AI-powered automation capabilities and APM tools

IBM® Instana Observability (Instana) is a fully automated application performance management (APM) solution designed to manage microservice and cloud-native applications. Instana automatically makes your applications and services visible, provides context to that observed information, and then enables you to take intelligent action based on that information.

Instana monitors and analyzes your applications, services, infrastructure, web browsers, mobile applications, and more for over 200 domain-specific technologies. In addition, Instana displays real-time data through distributed tracing and 1-second metrics.

Instana automates dependency mapping across the full stack for flexible application perspectives and provides powerful and easy-to-use data analytics. You can drill down to generate new insights with infinite flexibility from the entire repository of application-request trace data.

Instana informs you whenever your customers are impacted by performance or stability issues in your applications within a few seconds of impact. In addition, Instana automates root-cause analysis by using event correlation, performance thresholds, errors, changes, and analysis of service level agreement (SLA) violations. Instana puts performance data in context to deliver rapid issue prevention and remediation.

How Instana can help


Real-time observability: Find
  • Provides real-time observability metrics with data at a granularity of 1 second.
  • Monitors mobile, web, and application perspectives.
  • Traces every end-to-end mobile, web, and application transaction.
  • Provides full context across the application infrastructure.
  • Maps, monitors, and traces every production application across all cloud environments.
  • Supports all physical, virtual, and serverless services and functions.



Rapid-issue prevention and remediation: Fix
  • Automated Smart Alerts that provide threshold-based alerts based on out-of-the-box blueprints.
  • Automatic full-stack code profiling that takes you to root cause with a few clicks.
  • Fully-correlated and unsampled transaction traces that instantly identify application and infrastructure issues.
  • Automatic unbounded analytics for every metric and trace.



Open Standards and OpenTelemetry: Expand
  • Fully-integrated support for Prometheus, Jaeger, Grafana, cAdvisor, Fluent, Telepresence, and other open-source technologies.
  • Open-source telemetry support that uses both Open Collector and high-performance Instana Agent’s knowledge graph correlation.
  • Automatic unbounded analytics for every OpenTelemetry metric and trace.
  • Ongoing integration of new Open Standards and Open Source technologies.



Automation and intelligence: Optimize
  • Prevents or minimizes troubleshooting and optimizes performance by using automated AI-driven intelligent actions.
  • Automates configuring, monitoring, tracing, and profiling for all applications and services.
  • Captures and isolates browser and mobile application errors, including errors in JavaScript, automatically.
  • Enables fully-automated, semi-automated, or manual remediation procedures in real-time through integration with IBM Watson AIOps and Turbonomic ARM.


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