OpenCensus is tracing and metrics API consisting of a set of libraries for several languages. Instana provides exporters, the logic that translates spans that are defined by the OpenCensus model, to collect distributed traces for:

Using our host agent processes as proxy, the traces are exported from instrumented Java or Node.js applications to the Instana backend. Note that if the host agent is used on the same host as Census, please ensure to deactivate automatic tracing.