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Instana: A Modern Approach to APM for the Modern Application Stack

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

The Application Performance Monitoring (APM) sector is a mature market space. A slew of technology vendors has been delivering APM solutions for many years, helping enterprise organizations get a handle on how their applications may be helping or hurting the customer experience. However, the technology used to develop applications has undergone significant change in the last several years leading to more dynamic and ephemeral applications.

Startup Instana believes that the APM market has not kept up with these changing requirements and, in response, has created what they consider a modern APM tool for the modern application stack. The company’s big innovation is the combination of their distinctive hybrid-agent approach and their heavy use of automation and AI to enable organizations to monitor complex and dynamic application environments, such as those built on microservices and containers.

In these dynamic application architectures, traditional approaches to code-instrumentation are not sufficient. The company’s hybrid-agent model installs an OS-layer agent into a container that then deploys and manages what it calls ‘sensors’ into other containers and application instances. This approach enables the company to deliver near-real-time performance updates and notifications even as the application is in a continual state of change.

This hybrid-agent approach is combined with high levels of automation and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to help IT operations effectively manage an ever-more-complex application environment. The company uses automation for all deployment and configuration activities to ensure that the monitoring environment is always up-to-date. It then applies AI to help the operations team make sense of and enable rapid decisions from the resulting data.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.