Great solution for custom instrumentation/metrics.
Tons of custom metrics, with fast & easy graphing of same in up-to-the-minute dashboards.
Could use a couple features, though the support is amazing and they're actively working on many of our requests.
Our application is instrumented with tens of thousands of custom metrics. Instrumental ingests and charts them all with ease! Our graphs are crucial to the daily operation of our service, and we've trusted them to Instrumental for years. Way more pleasant than Grafana.
Good software, good company
Instrumental made it easy for us to get simple metric collection implemented without running something like Graphite in our own infrastructure or turning to expensive contracts with a service like New Relic.
Instrumental is a very low-drama tool. It's focused on gathering metrics, making graphs and dashboards, and doing some simple alerting, and it does those things well.
We use it to collect metrics at both the OS level and the application level. When all of that information is in the same system, it's far easier for us to correlate causes and effects in ways that would require multiple open tabs in other systems like New Relic.
I hate "Contact sales for pricing" links when I'm evaluating new additions to our tech stack, so I appreciate their simple, straightforward pricing model.
Their team is also pleasantly proactive and available. At one point they contacted us because our number of metrics had grown, and they wanted to make sure it was intentional. Other times, I've been able to have a quick chat with them about a desired feature or a library question, and it's easy to tell that you're talking with the person who wrote the actual code.
I can't think of any real negatives. They don't have libraries for every language, but they hit the major items I've needed. In the one case where I had to write some code myself that called their API, their documentation made it very low fuss.
Good tool for basic monitoring
Easy to integrate and use. Provides simple way to view critical metric info. Flexible for multiple platforms and technologies.
Lacking ability for some of the more complex average based monitoring and multiple condition compare.
Unannounced changes in the API implementation have caused monitoring gaps.
High level system health with the ability to drill down into specifics.
It is very easy to get everybody who needs access to it up and running at our company. We use Instrumental as a real time health dashboard of our physical locations as well as monitoring all aspects of our production system.
I love the flexibility that it offers over other similar tools. I never worry about it not being available and it has been a very solid product.
I'd really like the ability to clone graph groups, this would really help us set up new locations easier.
Powerful and reliable system monitoring
Instrumental is easy and fast to implement. The dashboards allow to monitor the health on the system in one view. The querying language is very powerful and flexible. I can create customized alerts for system critical metrics. The documentation is clear and detailed. Outstanding customer service.
The user and project settings are very simple and could use a little polish. Other than that I have no complaints.
Instrumental is easy to setup and use, while providing powerful, actionable metrics about your app.
Instrumental gives you the ability to track pretty much anything your app can do: how often it happens, how long it takes, trends over time, with alerts when unexpected things happen. In addition to these custom metrics, the instrumental_agent library gives you a rock-solid foundation of commonly-used, actionable metrics right from the get-go.
The flexibility! Instrumental gives you the ability to track pretty much anything your app can do: how often it happens, how long it takes, trends over time, with alerts when unexpected things happen. In addition to these custom metrics, the instrumental_agent library gives you a rock-solid foundation of commonly-used, actionable metrics right from the get-go.
While the core functionality of the Instrumental web app is extremely user-friendly, some ancillary tasks like user management (especially with lots of users) aren't as simple as I'd love to see eventually.
I use Instrumental to get a quick view of how our system is performing on a given day.
Easiest way for me to quickly answer questions about what is going on in our remote locations.
So easy to set up. It is simple, which is a good thing. I can quickly create graphs that answer questions in real time. Before any company-wide meeting where we discuss how our kitchens are performing, I am always taking a quick look at a few instrumental graphs.
When you increase the time period in scope, you lose some granularity. It would be nice to more quickly clone graphs.
Easy, Effective and Elegant
It really helps determining the usage of our new features and help demo the internal not visible changes to the product owner by showing the dashboards and metrics.
Easy to use and plug in new metrics - pretty nice grouping you can do on the app itself. Adding new metrics is just a line of code and a new graph. Also ease of grouping metrics by different time window is awesome feature.
Never used pie charts but having an option to choose different type of graphs would be awesome to have.