Grafana vs. New Relic

July 1, 2019

Table of Contents:

  • What is Grafana?
  • What is New Relic?
  • When to use Grafana?
  • When to use New Relic?
  • Pricing comparison
  • Key takeaways? 


What is Grafana?



Grafana is a visualization tool that allows you to see and analyze all of your metrics in one unified dashboard. Grafana can pull metrics from any source, such as Graphite and Prometheus, display that data, then enable you to annotate and understand the data directly in the dashboard. Grafana dashboards are designed to allow you to visualize information in a ton of ways, from histograms and heatmaps, to world maps. Grafana also has an alerting feature that can communicate with you through Slack, PagerDuty and more. Dashboards can be shared, downloaded or expanded with hundreds of plugins that make analysis easier. Grafana is open source, and Grafana as a Service is available through Metricfire.  


What is New Relic?



New Relic One is the name of the overall platform at New Relic. New Relic One can integrate logs, metrics, traces, and application monitoring all in one place. This range of monitoring tools allows for New Relic One to claim itself as an observability tool. It is available for cloud and data center based systems. New Relic One can ingest data from anywhere in a system and provides alerts to keep you connected to your system. New Relic is also programmable, allowing for teams to design new application monitoring systems that best suit the business. New Relic also has a browser monitoring service that focuses on decreasing page load times and identifying errors so teams can assign developers where it’s needed most. 


When to use Grafana?


Use Grafana when you …

  • need beautiful, simple, annotated graphs. 
  • have multiple sources of metrics or logs and need to see them in one place.
  • need to share your dashboards across the organization.
  • need to reorganize information based on specific team needs.
  • need an easy to use query builder.
  • need alerting for events.


When to use New Relic?


Use New Relic when you …

  • want to monitor logs, traces, metrics, infrastructure, apps and more.
  • want to create a dashboard of observability.
  • want to monitor browser speeds or mobile browser speeds.


Pricing comparison

  • Grafana is open source, and free.
  • Business-ready Grafana as a Service by Metricfire, including hosted graphite and prometheus, starts at 99 USD a month.
  • New Relic for business starts at 149 USD per host per month, with the Enterprise pricing stage above that.


Subtitle: Key takeaways


  • Grafana can integrate with a huge range of collectors, agents and storage engines.
  • Grafana is open source, and free.
  • New Relic has a wide variety of products that can assemble on one platform creating an observability dashboard.  


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