Despite their efforts to the contrary, vendors of earlier generation application performance management (APM) tools have found their products to be ill-suited for monitoring microservices applications.
Each such application may consist of a large number of microservices, and that number may change rapidly depending upon elasticity needs as well as continuous delivery updates. As a result, any APM tool that requires manual configuration won’t be able to keep up.
Instana fills this gap with a platform it built specifically to monitor microservices applications. Since we last wrote about the company in October 2017, Instana has focused its efforts on delivering an automated monitoring solution as part of a complete DevOps toolchain.
Instana’s support for DevOps isn’t mere marketing. Whereas traditional APM tools are for specialized ops personnel, Instana is for developers and testers as well as ops people – and in particular, DevOps professionals who may have development, testing, or operational tasks on their plate at different times or all at once, depending upon the task at hand.
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