January 13, 2021

Instana Becomes First Observability Platform to Deliver Cloud-Native BuildPack for Monitoring Google Cloud Run; Expands IBM’s Hybrid Cloud and Automation Portfolio

New Instana Buildpack Deployment Makes Automated Serverless Monitoring and Tracing Easy and Fast to Install, Configure and Maintain

Chicago, IL and Armonk, NY – January 13, 2021 – IBM and Instana, an IBM company, today announced that Instana has become the first Observability platform provider to support deployment via Cloud-Native Buildpack for applications running on Google Cloud Run. A leader in automated Application Monitoring and Observability for Cloud-Native microservice applications, Instana has delivered the fastest and easiest way to deploy observability and performance monitoring into serverless functions running on the Google Cloud Platform.

“In fast-changing cloud-based serverless application environments, DevOps teams require application monitoring and observability methodology that not only monitors and traces the infrastructure, but can also deploy quickly and easily,” said Chris Farrell, Technical Director and Observability Strategist at Instana. “The Instana Cloud-native Buildpack for Google Cloud Run allows teams to deploy the automated serverless monitoring and tracing by simply dropping the Buildpack into their environment.”

Instana’s Enterprise Observability Platform, powered by automated Application Performance Monitoring, discovers and maps all services, infrastructure and their inter-dependencies automatically. Instana ingests all observability metrics, traces each request, profiles every process and updates application dependency maps in real time to deliver the context and actionable feedback needed by Dev+Ops to optimize application performance, enable innovation and mitigate risk to help them add value and efficiency to the pipeline.

Instana being recently acquired, IBM is leading the way in automation for application observability and monitoring, especially for Cloud-Native, microservice, hybrid and multi-cloud applications. Combined with IBM Watson AIOps, for example,, Instana’s Enterprise Observability Platform delivers unprecedented automatic monitoring and application pipeline management that Dev and Ops teams need to deliver, deploy and maintain applications faster and with higher quality.

Instana’s Cloud-Native Buildpack for Google Cloud Run creates the fastest and easiest way to deploy Instana’s monitoring and tracing onto serverless workloads running in Google Cloud. The Buildpack automatically adds Instana monitoring and tracing into any Buildpack deployment. Users simply issue a “pack build” command to add in Instana, and the Buildpack will deploy configured monitoring sensors, enabling monitoring and tracing instantly.

With support for AWS Lambda, Fargate, Google Cloud Run and other serverless infrastructure, Instana provides broad capabilities to automatically monitor serverless workload performance and trace distributed requests through any workload, including serverless functions. Even in highly volatile, constantly changing environments, Instana’s real-time change detection and mapping keep up so that everyone from Dev + Ops gets the performance data they need at any time.

Learn more about Instana’s Observability Platform, Serverless monitoring capabilities and the new Cloud-native Buildpack at https://instana.com.


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Instana, an IBM company, provides an Enterprise Observability Platform with automated application monitoring capabilities to businesses operating complex, modern, cloud-native applications no matter where they reside – on-premises or in public and private clouds, including mobile devices or IBM Z.

Control hybrid modern applications with Instana’s AI-powered discovery of deep contextual dependencies inside hybrid applications. Instana also gives visibility into development pipelines to help enable closed-loop DevOps automation.

This provides actionable feedback needed for clients as they to optimize application performance, enable innovation and mitigate risk, helping Dev+Ops add value and efficiency to software delivery pipelines while meeting their service and business level objectives.

For further information, please visit instana.com.