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Status Planned for future release
Workspace Instana
Categories Java
Created by Guest
Created on Aug 18, 2023

Retention of JVM data after change in PID/ID

When an Application release, update/change, or outage occurs, all JVM data for the process ID running prior is lost in Instana. This has been confirmed as correct functionality within Instana through ticket "TS013919515"

"It is expected behaviour for JVM. Process restart leads to a new process with a different process ID which is a new entity in our point of view." there for the data that existed for that JVM before the change is gone.

This data should still be available in some way, ideally within the same perspective rather than nothing, when looking at the JVM metrics in the application perspective. This data is used to assist with diagnosing problems or assisting with health and performance issues, service improvements.

Please refer to ticket for screenshots and discussion with Miljan.

Application Management.

Idea priority Low
  • Guest
    Mar 28, 2024


    In IBM Case TS013317047 "Instana: Technology metrics (JVM, WebSphere, Apache..) not displayed for period before process restart because of different snapshoot IDs" we mentioned same problem. Basically, every time we restart application, webserver or other servis we can't see history metrics on graph for that application/webspere/other because they have different PIDs (or snapshoot ID in instana which is in url).

    I hope that this will be implemented soon.

    Best regards,


  • Admin
    Joshua Lee
    Sep 19, 2023

    Thank you for your submission. We agree that this would be a useful feature. There are some complexities around how we could determine that an entity is the "same" entity as another in the different types of environments (e.g. a JVM managed with systemd vs one in a K8s pod). We are considering how we could do this in a way that would be most seamless for users.


Aggregate stats for different processes where the INSTANA_SERVICE_NAME environment variable is the same

Currently, if a process, like a JVM, is restarted, then all of the metrics from the new PID is not associated with the metrics from the old PID. They are treated as completely separate entities. This makes tracking long term metrics (such as Heap ...
5 months ago in Instana / Metric Store 0 Planned for future release