Instana Adds Vsphere Support To Automated Microservice Application And Infrastructure Monitoring Solution

Devops | January 29, 2020

Instana, the leading provider of automatic Application Performance Management (APM) solutions for microservice applications, today announced new capabilities for monitoring the VMware vSphere Suite, as well as applications running on vSphere infrastructure.Known for the ability to correlate infrastructure and application performance metrics and deliver actionable information to all stakeholders from development to operations, Instana’s latest release includes the ability to discover, map and monitor components running on VMware’s vSphere suite. Like the other supported infrastructure components Instana supports, application performance metrics are analyzed along with the new vSphere metrics.

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