Instana Adds Pivotal Container Service (PKS) Support to Manage a Broader Range of Kubernetes Based Applications

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Industry Leading Kubernetes Application Monitoring Solution Provides One-Click Monitoring for PKS and PCF based Applications With Single Management Tile

Instana Application Performance Management

With a single click, PKS users can get application performance management

Instana is adding more functionality in its industry leading Kubernetes monitoring solution, adding support for Pivotal Container Services (PKS) with the Instana Microservices Application Monitoring Tile for Pivotal Platform, available today on the Pivotal Network and Marketplace. With a single click, PKS users can get application performance management integrated with Kubernetes pods and container infrastructure monitoring for their container-based applications.

“The number of Kubernetes-based applications continues to grow, and Instana is leading the charge for complete performance management,” said Pete Abrams, Instana co-founder and COO. “With the ability to achieve full automated visibility with a single click, the Instana tile gives Operations and Development professionals the observability they need to ensure their applications perform at the highest levels.”

The support for monitoring PKS applications is provided via Instana Microservice Application Monitoring for Pivotal Platform tile, originally released for monitoring Pivotal Cloud Foundry applications. Like PCF users of Instana’s tile, PKS users merely need to click the Instana tile to import into their foundation and set the location of Instana. All other configuration, discovery and monitoring happens automatically with zero manual effort. The Instana tile also supports Pivotal Platform foundations that host both Pivotal Application Service and PKS, automatically supporting hybrid workloads and transition phases.

When monitoring containerized applications with Instana, PKS users get the most complete Kubernetes monitoring features, including:

  • Automatic discovery and monitoring of all Kubernetes Nodes, Pods and Clusters and the running services
  • Correlated monitoring and analysis from the microservices, the microservice frameworks, containers, and the kubernetes infrastructure
  • End-to-end tracing of every request, coupled with the Instana Unbounded Analytics™ engine for detailed troubleshooting and optimization

All of these features are available out of the box with Instana.
Today’s announcement further exemplifies Instana’s commitment to Kubernetes-based application monitoring – as the first company to provide automatic monitoring of Kubernetes-orchestrated applications, the first solution to correlate Kubernetes infrastructure monitoring with application monitoring and full automatic support for multiple enterprise Kubernetes platforms including Red Hat OpenShift, Microsoft AKS, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE), IBM Cloud, Amazon AKS and Oracle OKS, in addition to Pivotal’s Enterprise PKS.

Unlike other APM solutions, Instana automates the entire lifecycle of application monitoring including monitoring Agent deployment, application discovery and mapping, and health monitoring of application infrastructure. When any changes occur to dynamic applications, Instana sees the change and automatically makes the appropriate adjustments to maps, monitoring thresholds and health dashboards.

While PKS provides a robust distribution of an open source Kubernetes container management system, it does not include application performance monitoring. Instana adds performance monitoring and troubleshooting for application services, as well as the Kubernetes infrastructure. Instana will be showcasing its multi-cloud and Kubernetes management capabilities built into its automated APM solution at Amazon re:Invent (booth #511) next week in Las Vegas. Visit for more information.


As the leading provider of Automatic Application Performance Monitoring(APM) solutions for microservices, Instana has developed the automatic monitoring and AI-based analysis DevOps needs to manage the performance of modern applications. Instana is the only APM solution that automatically discovers, maps and visualizes microservice applications without continuous additional engineering. Customers using Instana achieve operational excellence and deliver better software faster. Visit to learn more.

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