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Automatic, Continuous Discovery of Your Full Application Stack

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A single, lightweight agent per host continually discovers all components and deploys sensors crafted to monitor each technology

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With no human intervention, sensors automatically collect configuration, changes, metrics, and events

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Metrics from all components are collected in high fidelity with 1 second data granularity

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Every request is traced across each microservice, automatically capturing the response time and context. No sampling, no partial traces

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To understand how a system of services works together and the impact of component failure, Instana enhances traces with information about the underlying service, application, and system infrastructure using our Dynamic Graph

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Build a Dependency Map for Real-Time Performance Analysis

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All gathered data is organized into dependency relationships in our custom data store, the Dynamic Graph, continuously modeling your services and infrastructure

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Every discovered component becomes a node in the graph that captures its state and includes metric data, configuration, dependencies, and component health

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Continuous discovery defines the evolving dependency chain of the Dynamic Graph enabling both temporal and spatial deterministic analysis

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Immediately Present Exact Understanding of Performance

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Stream processing is used to analyze incoming data in real-time, uncovering service issues and creating “Incidents” nearly instantaneously

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Every component’s health is determined by applying machine learning using preset health rules. “Issues” are created for any unhealthy component, while Incidents are only raised when end users are impacted

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An Incident is a ‘root cause report’ with a correlated sequence of Events and Issues identifying the exact source of the problem

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Incidents include metrics, traces, exceptions, logged errors, and configuration data correlated via the Dynamic Graph to facilitate root cause analysis

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Optimize Performance with Unbounded Analytics™

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The Dynamic Graph, unique to Instana, is a model of your service and infrastructure components that understands all physical and logical dependencies.

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Unbounded Analytics is an analysis capability covering all of the browser and backend trace details collected by Instana

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All data is analyzed and understood in context (provided by the Dynamic Graph) to easily understand performance issues and optimization opportunities

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Filter every aspect of your data in an unlimited combination of ways, discovering performance outliers, problem patterns, or uniquely tagged traces

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