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New Relic

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Likelihood to Recommend

New Relic

I appreciate that New Relic is easily integrated into applications for APM and infrastructure for monitoring.Our applications are Ruby on Rails apps and getting them reporting into New Relic is easy to implement. In most cases, it just requires adding the "newrelic" gem and updating the "newrelic.yml" configuration file. Just this simple addition to a project gives us an entrypoint to analyzing performance.We use the New Relic Infrastructure agent by default on all of our cloud based servers. We have this set up with Chef so we don't even think about it; we just spin servers up and go. Minutes later they're reporting into New Relic. We use Terraform to automatically create monitors so we can keep track of the essentials like core processes, disk, CPU, and memory.
Michael Jenkins | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • If you are on a budget, this is one heck of a tool for the price (including the ~$200/year for the Pro subscription).
  • If you are OK with maintaining and updating open source tools, this is a great tool.
  • If you are afraid of the Linux command line or live in a Windows-centric world, this might not be the tool for you.
  • If you can't stand things occasionally not working, this is probably not a good fit.
Derek Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Application Performance Management

New Relic
7.7
Observium
Application monitoring
New Relic
9.2
Observium
Database monitoring
New Relic
8.1
Observium
Threshold alerts
New Relic
8.6
Observium
Predictive capabilities
New Relic
6.4
Observium
Application performance management console
New Relic
8.1
Observium
Collaboration tools
New Relic
6.5
Observium
Out-of-the box templates to monitor applications
New Relic
7.5
Observium
Application dependency mapping and thresholding
New Relic
7.4
Observium
Virtualization monitoring
New Relic
7.7
Observium
Server availability and performance monitoring
New Relic
8.5
Observium
Server usage monitoring and capacity forecasting
New Relic
7.9
Observium
IT Asset Discovery
New Relic
6.3
Observium

Pros

New Relic

  • New Relic lets you drill down into the nitty-gritty of your application, breaking down requests however far you want in order to inspect the performance of your application throughout the request lifecycle.
  • New Relic offers many integrations with other services and technologies, making it easy to get it set up and start using it.
  • New Relic offers many views and types of visualizations to help you understand what's going on in as much detail as you want to know.
Ben McClure | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • You can see the bits per second that are happening on the ports, which is fantastic.
  • Between logical interfaces, you can see how much bandwidth is being used per second/minute/hour.
  • You can infer power consumption and conflicting routes. Great tool to aggregate and visualize your distributed network.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

New Relic

  • Cloud-centric / OS-centric. There is no/limited ability to query metrics with an agent installed.
  • Insights-based queries (dashboards and alerts) are limited to 1000 (soon to be 2000) records and that doesn't work for enterprise scale.
  • NRQL is awesome -- except when it isn't. The replacement QL is more robust but is significantly more complex to learn.
  • No agent management tools in the platform. And, yes, you will want agent management tools after the first dozen or so deployments.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • The documentation needs help. This product, like many other IT products, likes to skip the "101" stuff, assuming that you just inherently know how to do something, and the documentation is just for reference.
  • I have not been able to rely on the alerting engine as our primary way of knowing if devices are up or down. I'm sure that's just as much my fault as the software, but this is one area where commercial products tend to shine in comparison.
  • The autodiscovery of VMware virtual machines does not work properly if the ESX-level name of the VM doesn't match the VM's hostname. FileServer234 will be discovered, but "Server234 - File and Print" will not.
Derek Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 9 answers
I have not yet found any similar product that offers me this range of features to help us keep our online service fast and reliable. Besides this, New Relic is constantly evolving by adding new plugins to emerging technologies and platforms. Server performance measuring features are a key point as our user database grows.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

New Relic

New Relic 9.0
Based on 3 answers
New Relic interface can be tricky to setup sometimes, especially on dashboards, but the overall usability is great. We also find particularly interesting the chart creation tools. There are no major issues that prevented us using any of their services.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Reliability and Availability

New Relic

New Relic 10.0
Based on 1 answer
we have never had any down time issues!!!
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Performance

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 1 answer
there are times where browser cache will cause issues that require you to clear your browser before continuing.
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support Rating

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 3 answers
There are times I feel that the initial support is lacking. And in some cases the automated responses of not hearing anything are annoying if the reason why there has been no movement is because we are still waiting to hear back from NR support. So, i think they should loose the automation as it can seem disingenuous
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

Observium 5.0
Based on 1 answer
It's open source. Your mileage may vary. Sometimes the provided documentation is beyond frustrating, other times it's right on the mark.
Derek Dolan | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation Rating

New Relic

New Relic 8.5
Based on 4 answers
The documentation was clear and concise; the only issue we ran into was custom application naming. Due to HTTPD mod_fcgid and the need for the application name to be set in php.ini (not in .htaccess or the virtual host directive) ... we had issues setting this up.
Travis Crowder | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

New Relic

We had originally looked into CloudWatch to monitor our resources since we have our stack built in AWS, but found that it would take additional work to setup the dashboards, alerts, and details that we wanted to see in our reports. It was worth the additional investment for us to get the data we needed with less work.
Sean Patterson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

I haven't used other products that are similar to Observium. Observium is an open tool, with a robust feature set. There are elements of comparable monitoring across other tools, but nothing I've seen that is a complete parallel in terms of feature set and visualizations. If I were asked, I wouldn't have another tool to recommend over Observium.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Scalability

New Relic

New Relic 8.0
Based on 1 answer
It's easy to scale. However, it isn't as easy to keep track of costs and who own's what/
Jayson E. Conry | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Return on Investment

New Relic

  • New Relic helps us detect defects before our customers do.
  • New Relic helps us prioritize performance improvements. Engineers don't need to spend time measuring the latency of transactions themselves.
  • New Relic helps us notify the appropriate people rapidly when there are problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Observium

  • Observium is enterprise-level network monitoring without the cost involved.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

New Relic

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Yes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Observium

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

New Relic
8.5
Observium
8.0

Likelihood to Renew

New Relic
8.0
Observium

Usability

New Relic
9.0
Observium

Reliability and Availability

New Relic
10.0
Observium

Performance

New Relic
8.0
Observium

Support Rating

New Relic
8.0
Observium
5.0

Implementation Rating

New Relic
8.5
Observium

Scalability

New Relic
8.0
Observium

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