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Instana, the leading provider of Automatic Application Monitoring solutions for microservices, leverages automation and artificial intelligence to deliver the visibility and actionable information DevOps teams need to manage dynamic applications.

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Kuntal B.
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"An Outstandingly Efficient tool to monitor your infrastructure !!"

What do you like best?

The GUI mode is highly user friendly with emphasis on various sectors, servers, services, endpoints, process etc almost everything & anything you can think of. You can hover over things or you can manually search & query things you need & the server pulls you out the data at a snap of your fingers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

What do you dislike?

The API server gave us some tough time to configure few of our alerts forwarding to slack but thanks to the awesome support from the Instana support guys..they fixed it in their immediate next release. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you want you infrastructure to run without worrying to look back, this is it... Instana !!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We almost monitor all of our prod & dev servers, jvm services running inside it and anything we want to configure. The alert & SNS service is just simply awesome while it comes to work with almost negligent latency. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Gal L.
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"Simply the best APM out there. Supports most advanced technologies with great ROI."

What do you like best?

- Automatic technologies detection and monitoring (constantly)

- Support all components cross the technology stack (client side, server side, containers, DB,...)

- Provide an holistic view cross the technology stack

- Very good transaction analysis, sub millisecond tracing.

- Easy to use also for business related departments.

- Combine both APM and logging in transaction granularity

- Innovative AI driven proactive monitoring and notification

- 0 TCO and maintenance

- Great ROI

- Stable

- Instant support 24/7

What do you dislike?

- Logs query could be improved

- Support complex query for transactional data and logs

Recommendations to others considering the product:

After experimenting several APM solutions, I concluded Instana to be the best APM currently in the market.

In less than 20 sec Instana will automatically detect your technologies and will enable you the most intuitive and innovative dashboard to monitor and control.

It is one of the few tools that enables you to control your APM, transactions and *logs* in one holistic view.

Plays well with all the advanced technologies (either client side , server side or containers).

Became a must use tool for our daily work activity.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Transaction monitoring for reactive code.

- Complete transactional tracing (Not statistical) with APM and logging details

- Business colleges are able to easily monitor accounts performance with customized views

- Outstanding and innovative UX enable to analyze technical issues in a way no other APM provide.

- Zero (0) maintenance for the APM, enable the development and devOps team to focus on our product.

What Application Performance Monitoring (APM) solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Sebastian W.
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"Great Application Performance Monitoring with Minimal Instrumentation Effort and Great Value "

What do you like best?

Almost no instrumentation needed - just add the agent to your host and the sensor to your code, and it will collect all necessary data.

Pricing - Instana has a very sensible pricing policy which makes it actually a great value for your money.

Performance - the SaaS performs flawlessly.

Perfect for microservices - automatically aggregates relevant metrics across multiple hosts and services based on a configuration

auto discovery - discovers and monitors public cloud services you use for Azure and AWS

What do you dislike?

The incident heuristic needs some improvements - some issues declared as incidents such as drop of requests are just regular events happening in our system. There should be a way for the system to learn or a facility to configure this.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Incident Detection

Alerting on Incidents

Measure availability of overall service / determine our SLA

Understand how our microservice architecture performs as a whole

Harsh M.
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"Overall amazing experience, very powerful UI with almost all details captured and displayed properly"

What do you like best?

As UI developer, knowing console error for various client browser is the most helpful feature. Also it shows requests from various geographical location which is very helpful during analysis and sometimes serves as a pointer to a bug you are looking into.

What do you dislike?

It's been just couple of months since I started using, so for me getting request parameters for each client request is something also very useful, which I found missing (or may be I did not dig in that much)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very easy to use and offers very powerful and useful features. Integration with various modules are also very easy and documentation is also very helpful and up to point.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The need to ask client for console error are completely eliminated with instana.

Victor P.
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"not yet enterprise ready"

What do you like best?

Integrations (opsgenie, aws, grafana)

The dashboard has a very fresh look

SDK for most programming language to implement instrumentation.

out-of-the-box instrumentation for popular frameworks.

What do you dislike?

filtering by kubernetes resources is not fully implemented.

filtering by most used aws resources, not yet available.

filtering in the infrastructure view is somewhat annoying and inconsistent between resources

aggregating (any) resources in the infra view is not straight forward.

the infrastructure view seems to play second base in the new release against the application view.

alerting stops working sometimes (dashboard and hooks).

alerting didn't respect the hooks we've set up and were showing false alarms. or alarms from other applications that had nothing to do with our alerting rules.

i've completely gave up on alerting at some point and turned it off, since all it was doing was sending false slack messages.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

it looks and feels like a work in progress.

I think that the product would be better in about a year or two, a lot more maturity is needed for the enterprise.

at first it looks amazing, but in practice it lacks. mostly it's not features that it lacks, but actual stability of the platform. updates usually break the product. worst off they break alarm rules, so if you count on that to ensure operation stability and have a fast response to issues you'll have surprises.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

monitoring of core infrastructure on prem, cloud and applications deployed in kubernetes.

Kai B.
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"Instana is a very good tool to measure your whole platform"

What do you like best?

- Instana was easy to implement

- has great metrics and insight

- supports clients and servers

- works very stable

- great support

- good organized online seminars

- identifying performance problems easily

- complexity, even it is also a contra for beginners

- flexibility

- provides a great range of graphs and metrics

- Stan is great

What do you dislike?

- instana running on a client costs some performance

- sometimes things are a little bit hard to understand

- the user interface is not very intuitive in the beginning

- complexity makes it hard for beginners

- some features we need are still in development

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Instana is a good product with great features and great flexibility and with a little more features there is still room for improvement. Especially in the Graphic User Interface there are some improvements worthy also the usage should be more intuitive to get beginners an easier entry into it. In our company, we benefited greatly from Instana and were able to analyze some things and improve our product. Also Stan, the Logo of Instana is very cool.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using Instana as a tool of monitoring of our platform. We are monitoring and measuering servers and clients. It is an excellent tool to get the full overview of your plattform. We also using it to monitor and identifiying the issues in our applications. In our company, we benefited greatly from Instana and were able to analyze some things and improve our product

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"Great Application Performance Monitor!"

What do you like best?

As a support manager, trying to understand our platform performance a key for success. Understanding flow, usage, and performance for each user is critical when troubleshooting. With minimal details, we can trace and narrow down issues for our users very easily and quickly.

What do you dislike?

While we got used to the classic view and created our workflows, the new interface took some time to retrain our staff and had to go through retaining for the team members. But with some short training and helpful staff at Instana, we were able to get back to full speed

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With a cloud based platform, we have many areas to review for any issues our users encountered. End users, cloud, our own applications and tools. Looking at each individual component doesn't always help us understand the issue. With Instana, it gives us the whole picture view, from usage and flow and how each input from end user to cloud to query and how much time each piece is consuming is a great help for our trouble shooting.

Saibal D.
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"Instana the Future of Application Monitoring"

What do you like best?

1. The auto discovery of the services/JVMs etc.

2. Install the agent & forget everything. Things are being discovered automatically.

3. The awesome UI/dashboard having all the required details handy.

What do you dislike?

The APIs are still not so much matured. However it has rich coverage of APIs.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

1. The auto discovery of the services/JVMs etc.

2. Install the agent & forget everything. Things are being discovered automatically.

3. The awesome UI/dashboard having all the required details handy.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Application performance comparison before & after a new release. The host specific metrics helped the team to catch & rectify the H/W issues much before the scenarios goes out of control.

U
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"Instana review from UI Developer"

What do you like best?

It is able to automate the discovery of infrastructure – servers (added or removed), containers, microservices, etc. UI logs are useful and helps to improve the performance. Instana has solved size of environment, rate of change, rate of deployment,etc.. This was no easy task and it required the creation of brand new technologies that are the intellectual property of Instana. Nobody will solve all of these challenges just by cobbling together a bunch of open source big data tools. This gives Instana a major architectural competitive advantage.

What do you dislike?

I think instana provides the required features for my project. So far nothing which I disliked about it

Recommendations to others considering the product:

I would like to recommend to my friends and colleagues as instana is really useful.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Network logs helps us to analyze back end issues. Performance improvement and it's easier to fix errors.

Leon W.
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"Instana as team's APM"

What do you like best?

- Straightforwardness of the application which has a very friendly interface for users on getting to what they want to see.

- Timeline

What do you dislike?

Infrastructure map could be more informative as a landing page upon logged in

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are into simpler yet sufficient monitoring on a glance, this is perfect

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It gives us the necessary views on the health of our the applications and also the hosts (which has been a problem especially on its storage space that flooded by logs which we had to do cleanups from time to time)

Andreas H.
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"Most flexible monitoring I ever used"

What do you like best?

The overview of everything and the easy handling. Instana is very easy to use and can see everything on the first look. The realtime monitoring is very usefull.

Also the nice webinars.

What do you dislike?

The setup on endclients. To get it work you have to be on the client and setup it manualy. Also, you have to consider, if it's 32 or 64bit system. This could be easier, at least for endclients (desktop PCs etc.)

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm responsible for the frontend support. We can easy realize, how often the issue occured and how long it went on.

Soumendra D.
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"Amazing tool for infrastructure monitoring"

What do you like best?

The easy with which alerts can be configured is outstanding. The fact that the alerts can be channelized to multiple delivery channels is very useful . It is a innovative way to easily monitor the infrastructure at reasonable cost.

What do you dislike?

the limits to the number of configurable points should be increased.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Product releases should be pre-announced and should be restricted to 2-3 per year

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Trying to monitor our production systems and preemptively manage reduce down time. By creating appropriate alerts (CPU, disk etc) we are to predict and prevent outrage.

Tobias B.
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"Innovative self instrumenting APM and monitoring solution with high potential for Enterprises"

What do you like best?

Simplicity and flexibility of the solution. Excellent customer support. Application focused product with available to drill down to infrastructure details. Self learning model, with huge capabilities to support the automation of ops processes.

What do you dislike?

High consumption of client performance. High amount of changes on the SaaS platform lead to failures, but customers support is quite fast to fix them immediately. Some enterprise relevant features are still missing.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We do the whole monitoring of the Platform. Also APM is used by > 40 Developers to analyze and prevent failures.

UI
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"Best APM tool for developers "

What do you like best?

- Ease of installation, you just have to spin up the daemon set, no code changes needed

- User interface is modern and intuitive

- No call sampling is done. So all calls (REST, gRPC etc,) can be viewed

- Distributed call tracing is awesome.

- Alerting and error reporting

What do you dislike?

None, I don't see any obvious shortcomings with Instana.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Developers use Instana to detect and fix issues with complex application call graphs. if there are any performance issues, they are very easy to detect. Unlike other APM;s that show only overall latency, memory and CPU utilization, this goes into great detail into every layer of application, starting from host, to container, to application.

UI
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"Ideal tool for spark submit jobs"

What do you like best?

I have been using it for monitoring the performance of spark jobs and using the metrics for fine tuning the infrastructure needed for spark jobs. Instana has helped me right from the installation script, yes, just a one liner. The graphs are detailed, very easy to detect and altogether i like the feel of the website as well.

What do you dislike?

The spark jobs i was running on was of 2.3.0. However after some time, i found out that this version of spark is not supported by instana. It would be great if you can add this to your future releases. However i was able to get generic details of cluster usage.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is the right tool for monitoring your entire system

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am trying to use it for monitoring the performance of spark jobs and using the metrics for fine tuning the infrastructure needed for spark jobs.

Kritika S.
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"Definitely the most revolutionary monitoring tool in market"

What do you like best?

The ease with with instana lets you monitor your application and helps you drill down to the root cause is amazing.

What do you dislike?

searching the nodes/servers to analyze could be made more user friendly

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Easy to use efficient tool for application monitoring.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

we are using instana to actively monitor the exact, real-time health of our application, hosts, and processes.

I
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"Amazing application to track all AWS instances issues at one place"

What do you like best?

I love to see all instances issues like OOM and issues related to all instances at one place.Especially Instana is used to dump all the logs at one place and useful to narrow down the actual issues.I have used this application lot of time whenever there is a issues and it helped me a lot.

What do you dislike?

UX can be Improved but necessary.Except this everything is awesome. :)

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Highly recommended

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Project which I am working is using AWS services.We have almost 40 EC2 instances and we are using instana to analyze issues and fix on demand

Oldrich N.
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"Instana review"

What do you like best?

Deep insight Instana gives me when troubleshooting our Kubernetes based applications.

Amazing visualization of the Infrastructure.

What do you dislike?

It's really dificult to find something I don't like.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Instana is for us a key monitoring solution for our Kubernetes clusters. It's useful not only for proactive monitoring, but also for after-fact post mortem analysis.

Krishna N.
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"Instana is instant"

What do you like best?

The User interface and the easiness to quickly use the tool make this tool a great product. The view of the dashboard gives an overall state of the servers.

What do you dislike?

Will be much better if detailed logs are captured within the tool

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick resolutions of the infrastructure related issues

Alvaro S.
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"Awesome"

What do you like best?

UI is really user friendly and you can identify any issue really fast

What do you dislike?

the query system sometimes is confusing

Recommendations to others considering the product:

You need to provide some sort of help while querying

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We can tackle prod issues really fast since we are able to identify them quickly

UI
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"Best APM after struggling with others"

What do you like best?

Instana has really made life easier. After trying super costly APM like AppDynamics and Buggy New Relic, Instana makes things easier

What do you dislike?

The UI I feel can still be improvised. Node JS monitoring can provide more details, like Database connections etc in a better way.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Instana to monitor our Kubernetes Cluster. The biggest benefit is we don't need to configure apps now. It just picks them up. This saves time.

Muralidhar R.
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"revolutionary tool for developers "

What do you like best?

I'm a developer working in microservices architecture .Instana has been handy in analyzing traces and finding root cause in less than 60 seconds in production environment,looking forward to use all features of instana.

Overall it is innovative in microserivices era.

What do you dislike?

nothing to dislike so far in instana tool

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Highlevel view of instana with infrastructure

Granular level detailing with requests

Better monitoring capabilities with alerts and messages

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"Awesome product with great features and flixibility"

What do you like best?

This product is really useful to track all the instances together and analyze all prod issue at one platform.This is innovative product and amazing feature for all web applications.

What do you dislike?

Initially it will take some time to understand the functionality but its easy after using for some days.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Strongly recommended

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring all EC2 instances at one platforms will helpful to all teams and resolve all issues together.

CI
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"Precise"

What do you like best?

The monitoring system is the most equipped one!

It has features which is very easy for a layman also to understand.

What do you dislike?

Absolutely nothing ! The product is self sucfficient !!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring our systems on any thresholds if are hit.. we get variuos dashboards reflecting ech of it.

A
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"Database Administrator"

What do you like best?

Drill down function to know what execution call or SQL behind it is the performance problem.

What do you dislike?

Very happy with this product overall. Maybe improve the user interface can be imporved for non application users.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Fully test it before you buy it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Identify the performance problem easily.

UI
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"Monitoring tool with great detail"

What do you like best?

It's amazing to see how much detailed information is available in Instana. You are able to drill down on servers so monitor particular metrics.

I like the infrastructure overview a lot as well

What do you dislike?

The detail makes it a bit complex when you just started to use Instana

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were able to find servers within a large stack that had maxed out CPU. Furthermore we could monitor the JVM metrics of particular pods in Kubernetes

U
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"Best Insights available"

What do you like best?

The ability to see all my data quickly and easily.

What do you dislike?

Configuration can take a bit of time to complete but once done it is great.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Quick results in a visual format and allows for easy use.

C
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"Awesome Tool"

What do you like best?

Its intricate details. It has all the features one should have in a monitoring tool.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing as such one should not like in this.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Very nice tool, please go for it to be stress free !!

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Capacity hit, any no. of errors are being traced by it. Benefits are too high as we are getting the bits without getting ibto the applictaion just by seeing the dashboard.

U
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"performance management platform"

What do you like best?

How robust the tools are., they are very flexible.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing that sticks out that I do not like.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

None at this time.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use this for analytics of our software.

A
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"Useful tool"

What do you like best?

Good for seeing all my infrastructure at once.

What do you dislike?

Filtering could be better to only see what I have searched for, not everything in a server that contains what I want

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring

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"Lot of new features available"

What do you like best?

Error rate display, Incident reporting, integrations to slack

What do you dislike?

UI needs to be more helpful, the font size needs to be increased in some places

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Production alerting

ER
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"Good but still has room for improvement"

What do you like best?

The de-facto integration with k8s makes everything so easy to set and deploy, The GUI is very intuitive.

What do you dislike?

There are still some features to be deployed, specially when talking about something other than k8s. Alerting and automation based on alarms must be improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Cloud and / or k8s based applications

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

One platform that covers most of our needs for k8s deployments

A
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"Alerting"

What do you dislike?

Need to improve the by adding more services on application monitoring

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring systems level metrics , infrastructure metrics

AC
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"Easy to use"

What do you like best?

Provides wide range of graphs and metrics.

What do you dislike?

Need some research to use it as large amount if detail is provided.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Instana is very good and easy to use monitoring tool having wide range of graphs and metrics.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are trying to calculate spark jobs metrics for tuning.

AI
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"Instana is the best and innovative micro-service tool"

What do you like best?

I like the amazing monitoring details about your infrastructure with adroit and subtle.

It also introduces flexible analysis for micro services, traces, and calls

What do you dislike?

It is hard to say the disadvantages, i found only advantages.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Monitoring and fixing the issues of Cloud cluster and applications

U
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"Instana Review"

What do you like best?

It gives us a very good overview of the whole infrastructure and for what code is executed.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Evryting looks good. It serves all our needs.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are identifying issues on production environment.

U
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"Good"

What do you like best?

I like the visual view of the entire system

What do you dislike?

Difficult to drill down into errors. Not always clear where to find a specific error and information on it.

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Overall health of system

CC
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"sortware developer"

What do you like best?

Ability to trace request time execution, memory allocation, network traffic

What do you dislike?

a query language that in have to use, in order to find something

What problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

web application performance issues

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