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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

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).