Graphite vs. New Relic

December 31, 2018


What is Graphite?



Graphite is an open source time-series monitoring software that was first released in 2008. It’s a pull-based monitoring software, which means that it collects metrics by taking information that is already being expressed, then records and visualizes it. Graphite usually works together with StatsD or collectd to pull the time-series metrics from an infrastructure. The metrics are then aggregated and stored in Graphite’s database, Whisper. Graphite provides companies with the ability to monitor, store, and visualize data, as well as alert on specific events. Hosted Graphite is available through MetricFire, with Hosted Grafana included in the package.

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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 Hosted Graphite by MetricFire?


Use Hosted Graphite when you …

  • need time series monitoring for infrastructure.
  • need to visualize data from multiple different sources.
  • need alerting on key events.
  • need a hosted service because your infrastructure is too large to do it by yourself.


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

  • Graphite is open source, and free.
  • Business-ready Graphite as a Service by MetricFire, including Hosted Prometheus, Hosted Graphite AND Grafana, 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


  • Graphite can monitor, store, alert and visualize time-series data of all kinds.
  • Graphite is open source, and free.
  • New Relic has a wide variety of products that can assemble on one platform creating an observability dashboard.  


Get to know our Hosted Graphite better, and check out how MetricFire can fit into your monitoring environment! Get a free trial and start using Graphite now. Feel free to book a demo and see what Hosted Graphite can do for you.

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