Instrumental Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives


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.


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United States, Canada, United Kingdom

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Instrumental screenshot: Monitoring DashboardInstrumental screenshot: Advanced Query Language for Data ManipulationInstrumental screenshot: Easy Date ComparisonsInstrumental screenshot: Tracking Feature UsagesInstrumental screenshot: Creating an AlertInstrumental screenshot: Tracking Server Load

Instrumental reviews


Very good

Value for money
Ease of use
Customer support
Ralph Rodkey

Good software, good company

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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.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.

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Dan McFadden

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

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-10-25
Review Source: Capterra

VIt 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.

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Chuck Batson

Great solution for custom instrumentation/metrics.

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 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.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.

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Gabriele Roselli

Powerful and reliable system monitoring

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2017-11-07
Review Source: Capterra

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.

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Steve Grossi

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

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 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.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.

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Instrumental pricing

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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

Access Control
Real Time Monitoring

Activity Dashboard (117 other apps)
Activity Tracking (66 other apps)
Alerts / Escalation (57 other apps)
Application Integration (69 other apps)
Auditing (81 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (102 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (66 other apps)
Data Import/Export (83 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (86 other apps)
Projections (63 other apps)
Real Time Data (77 other apps)
Real Time Reporting (65 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (72 other apps)
SSL Security (69 other apps)
Third Party Integration (117 other apps)
Workflow Management (74 other apps)

Security and privacy


Encryption of sensitive data at rest
HTTPS for all pages

Access control

Multi-factor authentication options

Data policy

Data backup in multiple locations/GEO regions
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Additional information for Instrumental

Key features of Instrumental

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