IBM strengthens AI portfolio with Instana acquistion

IBM strengthens AI portfolio with Instana acquistion

Instana’s technology will also be integrated with IBM’s Watson AIOps portfolio

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IBM has announced that it will acquire Instana, an application performance monitoring and observability company. 

The acquisition will help businesses better manage the complexity of modern applications that span the hybrid cloud landscape. 

Instana's software automatically monitors and gathers performance information about application components running on public and private clouds, mobile devices and on-premises environments, including IBM's Z system mainframes.  

With the acquisition of Instana, IBM will help companies overcome the challenge of managing application performance across multiple teams, and across two to 15 clouds, 

Instana’s technology will also be integrated with IBM’s Watson AIOps portfolio. 

The information gathered could then be compared to a baseline of a normal operating application, with AI triggering alerts to resolve issues quickly before negative impacts to that transaction or activity. This can help eliminate the need for IT staff to manually monitor and manage applications, freeing these employees to focus on innovation and higher value work. 

Instana brings continuous integration and continuous pipeline visibility to enable closed-loop DevOps automation, provides richer context that enables insightful intelligence and offers AI-based resolution to problems. It reduces complexity by automated discovery and dependency mapping across the hybrid cloud environment — from mobile to mainframe. 

This convergence will help enable enterprise IT environments to transform, realising faster development cycles and better, more-reliable operations,” said Pratik Gupta, CTO, IBM Hybrid Cloud Management in his blog. 

The acquisition, announced in November, is expected to close within several months. 

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