Instana Provides First Continuous Production Profiling for Node.js and Go; Extends Automatic Lambda Tracing to Include Python Functions

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Only Always-On Production Profiler and Lambda Tracing Solution Enhances Developer Experience for Application Monitoring

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Instana’s always-on profiling allows any service owner to have code-level visibility at the exact time a problem occurred.

Instana, the leading provider of real-time application performance management (APM) solutions for cloud-native microservice applications, today announced a set of enhanced troubleshooting and monitoring capabilities for developers with new always-on production profiling solutions for Node.js and Go applications, as well as automatic tracing of Python Serverless functions running on AWS Lambda.

“As companies continue to accelerate their development pipelines, developers are more critical to the overall delivery cycle, as evidenced by the large number of Instana users from development organizations,” said Chris Farrell, Instana Technical Director and APM Strategist. “Instana’s always-on profiling allows any service owner to have code-level visibility at the exact time a problem occurred.”

Instana’s new profiling functionality for Node.js and Go, available for free to all Instana APM users, automatically captures profiles for every process in production without impacting resource overhead or application performance. Like other performance entities inside Instana’s solutions, profiles are available to Instana’s Unbounded Analytics™ engine, allowing patterns across multiple profiles to be discovered and analyzed collaboratively.

In addition to the new profiling capabilities, Instana also extended its unique AutoTrace™ features to automatically trace Python functions on Lambda AWS. The new native tracing capability collects a trace for every request independent of X-Ray, all without code modifications.

Unlike traditional APM tools, Instana’s automated Application Performance Monitoring (APM) solution discovers all application service components and application infrastructure, including Cloud infrastructure such as AWS and Lambda, orchestration infrastructure like Kubernetes and Docker, application services and DevOps processes. Instana automatically deploys monitoring sensors for each part of the application technology stack, traces all application requests and profiles every process – without requiring any human configuration or even application restarts. The solution detects application and infrastructure changes in real-time, adjusting its own models and visualizing the changes and any performance impact in seconds.

Instana’s always-on profiling capabilities automatically attaches to Node.js, Go, and Java processes, with no restarts or manual configuration. This allows all application stakeholders across development organizations to get the exact data they need, when they need it, to understand how their code impacts overall service performance and where the opportunities to optimize performance and scalability exist.

More information on Instana’s commercial continuous profilers for Node.js and Go can be found at Additional information on AWS Lambda Tracing for Python can be found at

About Instana:
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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