Instana available on Google Kubernetes Engine

December 11, 2018

Kubernetes (K8s) has quickly become the go-to container orchestration platform. Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) is the fully-managed, production-ready Kubernetes on Google Cloud. With Kubernetes, developers can deploy complex, highly-distributed applications in a matter of minutes and dynamically react to changes in the traffic by scaling up and down their instances.

With complex applications come demanding requirements in terms of monitoring the containers and applications therein. Especially in times where application developers are demanded to take ownership of running their applications.

Instana is the leading automated Application Performance Management (APM) solution that seamlessly discovers and monitors your entire infrastructure, providing you with actionable insights in a matter of seconds after issues arise. With zero effort to install.

Instana and GKE are a perfect match for highly-automated deployments that maximize development agility. GKE runs your containers and keeps the Kubernetes clusters healthy. Instana’s unique AutoTracing solution and extensive support for middleware technologies, monitors the entire stack and ensure the health, responsiveness, and performance of your applications. No implementation steps needed: it just works.

Starting today you can deploy Instana from the Google Kubernetes Marketplace. Instana automatically discovers automatically, without any additional configuration, all the containers and services on your cluster and provides full visibility into the Kubernetes-based applications.

Instana’s new, cool Kubernetes tricks

On top of the value that Instana provides, we added support for Kubernetes primitives to ease the life of developers and operators.

The key to excellent user experience is to react quickly to issues. When Instana automatically alerts about issues affecting applications deployed on Kubernetes, it is sometimes necessary to look under the K8s hood.

A Kubernetes service in Instana

Developers and operators have in Instana a single pane of glass about the health of their applications and the building blocks they are made off, full-stack.

All your namespaces, at a fingertip

To boost the effectiveness of developers on Kubernetes, Instana understands clusters, services, namespaces and pods and makes all the relevant information readily available, just one click away from the Application Perspective that is home to the developers.

Your pods at a glance

A visual overview of all pods in a namespace sorted and clustered by relevant metrics and health information. Helps to identify problems, hot spots and unhealthy components at a glance.

How to use Instana on GKE

Making Instana run on your Google Kubernetes Engine cluster is a breeze. Just head over to the Google Cloud Console

press on Configure.

Select your Kubernetes cluster and enter your Instana Application Key from your Instana account.

Instana on the Google Cloud Marketplace

The next step is to open your Instana UI and enjoy the automated Application Performance Monitoring that is redefining the industry. Easy as that.

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