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Status Future consideration
Workspace Instana
Categories Java
Created by Guest
Created on Jul 20, 2022

Dimensional Micrometer Metrics

Currently it looks like Instana is pulling in micrometer metrics using JMX. As shown in the micrometer docs JMX is Hierarchical which means the metric name is FLAT and includes all tags.

This doesn't allow for filtering metrics BY TAG correctly when creating dashboards.

Other tools like telegraf/influx/prometheus/datadog allow for this which gives them an upper hand on dashboarding for SREs.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    Jan 27, 2023

    Hey @Edwin,

    Was there an update to this? In my environment, I was able to deploy my Spring Boot (2.7) app with the micrometer prometheus exporter, and the instana prometheus integration.

    Instana DOES seem to ingest these metrics, which is great; but the metrics are still considered flat (even though its very clear that it has tags).
    The goal here is to be able to create custom dashboards based on the tags on some of these metrics.

    For example the main metric I like to look at is the "http.server.requests" metric created by micrometer. This metric nicely measures the time it took to accept the request; do my processing; respond to the client.
    It also captures Exceptions, Outcomes, Method type.... It also allows me to add custom tags to this metric as well. For example "CustomerType"

    I would like to COUNT the number of times CustomerType(A) saw MyCustomException.
    or maybe the average response time of CustomerType(A); The assumption we can make is that CustomerType(B) might call different backends that might take more or less time.

    Instana itself can tell me "this endpoint on average takes XXXms" which is nice, but it cant tell me that CustomerType(A) on average takes XXXms.

    Getting dimensional metrics gives me a better understanding about how different flows are being handled.

  • Guest
    Oct 17, 2022


    Were you going to reach out? or how do you want to get together? I am very excited to get dimensional metrics.

  • Guest
    Sep 23, 2022


  • Guest
    Sep 21, 2022

    Hi Bill, hope you're well.
    We are definitely working to add support for tagged metrics, and we have already completed a first pass for Prometheus metrics.
    If you expose your micrometer metrics using Prometheus libraries, we should have support for this soon.

    We will also be adding support for generic micrometer metric tags in an upcoming release.

    Could we meet to review your use cases and show you our current Prometheus tagged metrics support for a micrometer source?