New Relic vs Nagios

New Relic and Nagios are software that will help you monitor your applications, systems or networks. Both have their own benefit and disadvantage. As an open source software Nagios won in the flexibility, but as paid app New Relic is won in term of simplicity. If you want to know more about them, check our article below.

In this article we are going to give you information about:
– What is New Relic and Nagios
– What New Relic and Nagios can offer to you
– New Relic vs Nagios

About New Relic
New Relic is an American based software company, which based in San Francisco, California. This company is founded in 2008 by the company’s CEO Lew Cirne. The popular SaaS model begin to offered by the company in 2013, which able to monitors web and mobile applications in real time together by providing support for custom-built plugins to collect arbitrary. The company have more than one software and each one of them focus on some aspects or combining features from other products. Those products are Application Performance Monitoring and Management, Infrastructure, Browser, Mobile, Synthetics, and Insight. You can try most of them for free range from 14 to 30 days.

New Relic Features
The most popular product from New Relic is the APM and it also the focus in this article. This software analytic product claims to be able to give you detailed performance metrics in real time for every aspects of your environment as well as the level of satisfaction your end-users experience. New Relic APM will perform end to end transaction tracing and provide you with color-coded charts and reports; the data that will be shown to you will be visualize down to the deepest code levels. With New Relic APM, your development and operation teams will not have to waste their times searching where the issue comes from, whether it is the app itself, database loads, CPU availability or something unexpected. (Read also : Zabbix vs New Relic)

With New Relic APM User Interface, you can see the current and historical information about the memory usage, database query performance, CPU utilization, web browser rendering performance, external services, app availability and error analysis as well as other useful metrics. However, the capabilities will vary depend on your subscription level. In the overview page, you can get general information, such as web transaction or non-web transaction, Apdex score, CPU usage, transaction times, error rate, recent event and host.

Web and non-web transaction will start by comparing top 20 web transaction or non-web transaction that consume the most time. New Relic APM then drill down deeper into smaller segments and components from HTTP requests on down to SQL request. Depend on your subscription, if you can access New Relic Insight, you can do sample and search APM transaction and error data to get full understanding of those data that was collected. You can create a unique SQL-like queries of your data using NRQL. With NRQL, you will be able to query your data and transform them into dynamic chart, so you can interpret it easier. You also may edit and create your dashboard to show you information about software and what kind of data you want to see.

About Nagios
Nagios is an open source computer-software application that you can use your monitor systems, networks and infrastructure. This application is developed by the same name company and was initially released in 1999. Nagios now has grown into thousands of projects developed by their community worldwide. Nagios is officially sponsored by Nagios Enterprise through their sales and professional services. The software is running under GNU General Public License version 2, because it was published by Free Software Foundation. Aside from the main Nagios software, which called Nagios Core. The company offers professional products, such as Nagios XI, Nagios Log Server, Nagios Network Analyzer, and Nagios Fusion.

Nagios Core Features
In this article we are focusing in the foundation of those products, which is the Nagios Core. Unlike New Relic that will provide you with everything from the start; you will need to do a lot of works with Nagios Core, but when you already done it will give you everything you can ask. Nagios do need some work because it is very flexible with options it offer to you and you also have to know what and how to monitor the devices in your network. Nagios Core works as the basic event scheduler, event processor, and alert manager for elements it was set to monitor. It contains several APIs to broaden its capabilities to perform additional tasks you ask it to do, which is implemented as a daemon written in C for performance reasons. Nagios Core was designed to run natively on Linux system.

Nagios Core is known for its ability in extending features with its extensible architecture that was designed for scalability and flexibility. You can use several APIs it provide to extend its features through additional addons. This kind of architecture has been proven to be successful and has spawned many other projects with extended feature set. Nagios Core was and still have the default CGI interface that will provide you with basic functionality it need to view and manage elements you ask it to monitor. You may deploy another frontends to customize the look, feel and functionality of your UI. The current frontend that is still being develop as the official PHP frontend to Nagios Core is named Nagios V-Shell.

The general scope of Nagios Core is only focusing on the duties of check scheduling, check processing, event handling, and alerting. Other tasks like performing checks, processing performance data, sending alerts, and many other tasks are outside the capabilities of Nagios Core and primarily dealt by other Nagios projects. However, there are tasks that initially can’t be done by Nagios but you can do it now by adding addons; those tasks including configuration frontends, performance graphing, auto discovery, and distributed monitoring.

Now, let’s compare New Relic and Nagios. The basic difference between both is that Nagios Core is an open source software, so you can use it for free, while new Relic will cost you for their software and services. Other distinct difference is you don’t have to do much job getting start with New Relic, while Nagios will take some time to be set. From the flexibility side, Nagios is more flexible, since you can make it work the way you want.

New Relic vs Nagios

New RelicNagios
- You need to pay to get the software and service- Open source free to use
- Simpler to use than Nagios- Need you to configure it first
- Released later than Nagios- Released earlier than New Relic

All in all, the decision is all yours to make. If you don’t want to spend too much time configuring, then New Relic is for you, but if you are the type who likes making things from scratch, you will love Nagios.

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