Instrumental

Instrumental

Real-Time Application & Performance Monitoring

4.9/5 (10 reviews)

Instrumental Overview

Instrumental monitors web applications and technical infrastructure in real-time. It provides the data to answer important business and technical questions such as:
- Which features are getting used the most? By who?
- How your server usage has changed with your latest deploy?
- What are the response times for our heaviest users?
- When will you need additional server capacity? Why?
- How many messages did we send in the last X minutes? By user? Successful vs errors?

Custom application metrics can be added with one-line of code with libraries for Ruby, Java, and others. Server agents automatically measure CPU, memory, disk usage, and over 30 other metrics. A powerful query languages allows users analyze and explore their application metrics in real-time.

Metric queries are displayed on graphs, which are grouped into individual dashboards. Each real-time graph can be easily shared with team members in a PNG or HTML format, providing visibility without allowing full access. Each metric or query can trigger phone, text or webhook alerts whenever a query drops above or below user-defined thresholds.

Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Devices

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Markets

Canada, United Kingdom, United States

Supported Languages

English

Instrumental Reviews

Overall rating
4.9/5
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Ralph R.

Good software, good company

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/03/06
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Dan M.

High level system health with the ability to drill down into specifics.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/10/25
Review Source: Capterra

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Pros

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.

Cons

I'd really like the ability to clone graph groups, this would really help us set up new locations easier.

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Chuck B.

Great solution for custom instrumentation/metrics.

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2018/03/13
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Pros

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.

Rating breakdown

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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Gabriele R.

Powerful and reliable system monitoring

Used Daily for 2+ years
Reviewed on 2017/11/07
Review Source: Capterra

Pros

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.

Cons

The user and project settings are very simple and could use a little polish. Other than that I have no complaints.

Rating breakdown

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Ease of Use
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Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10
Steve G.

Instrumental is easy to setup and use, while providing powerful, actionable metrics about your app.

Used Weekly for 1+ year
Reviewed on 2017/10/19
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Pros

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.

Cons

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.

Rating breakdown

Value for Money
Ease of Use
Customer Support

Likelihood to recommend

10.0/10

Instrumental Pricing

Starting from
US$5,00/month
Pricing options
Free Trial
Subscription
Value for money

Our pricing is based on how many things you choose to measure, not arbitrary technical details like volume, hosts or users. Each metric measured is only $0.10 per month. Server monitoring cost varies. but averages $5/month, depending on the number of metrics used. Each account includes up to a billion datapoints per day (more available for enterprise accounts).

Instrumental Features

  • API
  • Access Control
  • Monitoring
  • Real Time Monitoring

  • Activity Dashboard
  • Activity Tracking
  • Alerts / Escalation
  • Application Integration
  • Auditing
  • Automatic Notifications
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Data Import/Export
  • Drag & Drop Interface
  • Projections
  • Real Time Data
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting & Statistics
  • SSL Security
  • Third Party Integration
  • Workflow Management

Additional information for Instrumental

Key features of Instrumental

  • Advanced query language to transform raw data into insights
  • Custom Metric Tracking
  • Extend into custom dashboards and external systems
  • Graph combinations of metrics and queries
  • Manage complex user setups wtih ease
  • Understand what's happening right now

Benefits


  • Increase uptime and therefore revenue

  • Access to data makes decision making more effective and faster

  • Increase developer efficiency with faster troubleshooting

  • Increase confidence in continuous deployment infrastructure, which results in a faster response to customers, market opportunities, and competitive threats.

  • Per unique metric pricing allows Instrumental customers to pick and choose what they monitor, completely control the cost of monitoring, and eliminates noisy data that other monitoring tools report but isn't actionable.

Instrumental FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Instrumental.

Q. What type of pricing plans does Instrumental offer?

Instrumental offers the following pricing plans:

Starting from: US$5,00/month

Pricing model: Subscription

Free Trial: Available

Our pricing is based on how many things you choose to measure, not arbitrary technical details like volume, hosts or users. Each metric measured is only $0.10 per month. Server monitoring cost varies. but averages $5/month, depending on the number of metrics used. Each account includes up to a billion datapoints per day (more available for enterprise accounts).

Q. What are the main features of Instrumental?

Instrumental offers the following features:

  • Advanced query language to transform raw data into insights
  • Custom Metric Tracking
  • Extend into custom dashboards and external systems
  • Graph combinations of metrics and queries
  • Manage complex user setups wtih ease
  • Understand what's happening right now

Q. Who are the typical users of Instrumental?

Instrumental has the following typical customers:

Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business

Q. What languages does Instrumental support?

Instrumental supports the following languages:

English

Q. What type of pricing plans does Instrumental offer?

Instrumental has the following pricing plans:

Subscription

Q. Does Instrumental support mobile devices?

We do not have any information about what devices Instrumental supports

Q. What other apps does Instrumental integrate with?

We do not have any information about what integrations Instrumental has

Q. What level of support does Instrumental offer?

Instrumental offers the following support options:

FAQs, Knowledge Base, Online Support, Phone Support

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