New Relic’s SaaS APM Tool: A Review of Key Features
NewRelic is the leading developer of Web Application Performance Management tools, having expert level detection, diagnosis, and remediation capabilities in monitoring and managing applications for web-hosted startups or large enterprises. New Relic was built by industry veterans having strong, in-depth application performance knowledge. Implementing their web app management tools in your cloud or in-house application can provide real-time app analysis so that you can deal with problems in a timely manner as they arise. Below we examine 5 of the key features of the SaaS-powered New Relic Application Monitoring suite:
New Relic supports Java, PhP, Ruby on Rails (ROR), and Microsoft’s .NET framework, servicing the core web application development platforms. New Relic provides real-time statistics into live application operation scenarios, helping you to easily pinpoint performance clogging areas. New Relic also supports other development frameworks and libraries supported by the above languages, for example, the liberty to use any dispatcher for your Ruby application including Mongrel, Thin, Litespeed, and Unicorn. There is also support for major Java centric frameworks like JBoss, Spring, Struts, and Apache Solr. Vb.Net, C#, C++ and Microsoft Azure supported clouds are also covered by New Relic.
“Being without New Relic was like being stuck in a traffic jam, with frustrating lane changes that led nowhere. Using New Relic is like speeding through the carpool lane. It’s fast and simple, and enables us to fine-tune our application for much better performance. New Relic puts a comforting smile on our faces at the end of the day, while letting our operations team sleep at night.”Ryan Boyce, CEO, iOffer.com
2. Real-Time Statistics
New Relic’s APM tool allows you to monitor real-time application operations data, statistics, performance issues, and browser behaviors from the inside through graphical charts and figures making it easier for even non-techie personnel to control their application’s performance. Developers, project managers, and especially entrepreneurs are always on the lookout for ways to increase the performance of their applications. New Relic’s handy tool monitors and manages web applications’ performance internally, empowering users by giving them control over changing application dynamics.
3. Scalability Analyses and Forecasting
New Relic’s Scalability Analysis feature help to answer planning related questions, for example, how the server farms are handling input/output and how the application behaves at various peak levels. New Relic’s APM tool provides insightful and logical data that serves as the basis for transformation, adjustment, and scaling by plotting real-time, past, and future trends over CPU throughput utilization.
The scalability reporting mechanism helps in fine-tuning the performance of a web application over time and gives users the ability to plan future enhancements/scaling based on real data.
New Relic provides information into how your application size, user base, and peak demand periods are increasing over time, comparing these directly with computing, storage, and infrastructure critical components so that you know when to scale and what to scale.
New Relic’s Web App Performance and Cloud Monitoring tool provides an enhanced level of cost economy, return on investment (ROI) and Total Cost of Ownership whether you have 1 or 100+ nodes to monitor. Industry analysts have roughly calculated that this Cloud-based SaaS Application Performance Management tool can give companies up to 80% in savings in upfront capital cost and routine management overheads.
Implementing a SaaS Application Performance Management tool like New Relic brings tremendous savings from the word go by reducing the enormous APM-specific hosting tool hardware costs to zero, boasting almost negligible software licensing costs and zero maintenance for the back end infrastructure. These savings are indeed tremendous for enterprises, but even startups and SME’s can always save substantial amounts of capital and 0perational costs, seeding capital for new strategic endeavors.
5. Managed Service
New Relic is available as a service, a cloud service model of Software as a Service (SaaS). This means that the hosting, application patching, bug/errors fixing, updating, and all the back-end, resource intensive, time consuming critical tasks will be managed by the New Relic team.
A web application performance management software solution, if implemented in-house using the conventional approach, is a complicated endeavor, especially if the size of the monitored network is large. New Relic increases productivity and reduces overhead maintenance costs and expenditures in human resources. Furthermore, the core Application Performance Management engine will be managed by the New Relic team.
Thus an organization implementing an SaaS APM solution can increase performance and reduce maintenance overheads by relying on a managed service provider like New Relic. SaaS powered APM suites are not only attractive in their cost effectiveness, but are also better equipped to manage application critical performance issues due to regular updates to the monitoring engine.