Explore the key differences between Netdata and New Relic to determine the best monitoring solution for your needs, whether you’re seeking real-time insights or comprehensive data analysis.

Key Highlights

  • Real-time performance monitoring
  • Lightweight and fast
  • Out of the box dashboards, alerts & ML
  • Decentralized architecture, data always on prem
  • 800+ integrations, unlimited metrics
  • Comprehensive APM and infrastructure monitoring
  • Advanced analytics and customizable dashboards
  • Extensive integrations with third-party services
  • Requires configuration for deeper insights
  • Tiered pricing model can become expensive

Feature comparison

Data Collection 1-second granularity for all metrics, offering immediate and precise visibility into performance. Varies by metric; optimized for longer aggregation intervals, potentially missing transient anomalies.
Architecture Decentralized, ensuring scalability and efficiency with minimal egress costs. Primarily centralized, leading to potential scalability challenges and higher egress costs.
Machine Learning Unsupervised anomaly detection for every metric, providing automated insights. Advanced analytics capabilities, but may require manual setup and configuration.
Alerts Out-of-the-box alerts with zero configuration needed, customizable for specific needs. Configurable, powerful alerting capabilities, requiring setup to tailor to specific monitoring needs.
Cost of Ownership Transparent, straightforward pricing with zero hidden costs. Tiered pricing model, potentially leading to unexpected costs as usage grows.

Why engineers choose Netdata

  • High-Fidelity Data Collection

    Netdata’s 1-second granularity for all metrics enables high-fidelity data capture, crucial for troubleshooting real-time issues and identifying anomalies quickly, a significant advantage over New Relic’s longer data aggregation intervals.

  • Decentralized Architecture for Scalability

    Netdata’s decentralized architecture ensures scalability and efficient data handling with minimal traffic egress costs, contrasting with New Relic’s centralized model, which can lead to higher costs in large-scale deployments.

  • Comprehensive Anomaly Detection

    Netdata applies unsupervised machine learning for anomaly detection to every metric, offering a streamlined and automated experience compared to New Relic, where extensive configuration might be required.

  • Ready-to-Use Alerts and Notifications

    Netdata provides out-of-the-box alerts tailored to immediate monitoring needs, along with multiple notification methods, standing out against New Relic’s configuration-intensive alerting system.

  • Transparent and Cost-Effective Pricing

    Netdata offers transparent pricing for SaaS and on-prem solutions with zero hidden costs, presenting a cost-effective alternative to New Relic’s variable pricing, which can fluctuate based on usage.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the data granularity in Netdata compare to New Relic for monitoring purposes?

Netdata offers 1-second granularity for all metrics, providing detailed performance analysis and immediate troubleshooting capabilities. New Relic, while offering high-fidelity data, typically uses longer aggregation intervals, which may not capture quick, transient anomalies as effectively.

Is Netdata more cost-effective than New Relic for large-scale monitoring?

Yes, Netdata is generally more cost-effective, especially for scaling organizations. Its transparent pricing and low operational overhead make it budget-friendly, without hidden costs. In contrast, New Relic’s pricing model, based on usage and features, can become expensive as monitoring needs grow.

Can both Netdata and New Relic effectively monitor cloud-based and on-premise environments?

Yes, both Netdata and New Relic are capable of monitoring cloud-based and on-premise environments. Netdata offers extensive out-of-the-box support for various systems, making it highly adaptable to different environments.

Which is more scalable in complex environments, Netdata or New Relic?

Netdata’s decentralized architecture allows for exceptional scalability and flexibility in complex environments, efficiently handling high data volume and velocity with minimal traffic egress costs. New Relic is scalable but may face challenges with egress costs and centralization in very large-scale deployments.

Does Netdata offer services to help customers migrate from New Relic?

Yes, Netdata provides support for customers looking to migrate from New Relic. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out via the Netdata website for more information on migration support services.

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