Introduction to New Relic APM

New Relic's software analytics product for application performance monitoring (APM) delivers real-time and trending data about your web application's performance and the level of satisfaction that your end users experience. With end to end transaction tracing and a variety of color-coded charts and reports, APM visualizes your data, down to the deepest code levels.

Your dev/ops teams don't need to guess whether a performance blocker comes from the app itself, CPU availability, database loads, or something else entirely unexpected. With New Relic APM, you can quickly identify potential problems before they affect your end users.

See (don't guess) where are your app's bottlenecks

New Relic APM's user interface provides both current and historical information about memory usage, CPU utilization, database query performance, web browser rendering performance, app availability and error analysis, external services, and other useful metrics.

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APM > (selected app) > Monitoring > Overview: After you select an app from New Relic APM's indexed list of applications, the Overview page shows current transaction information.

Depending on your New Relic account's subscription level, you can take advantage of these features and more:

New Relic APM Features

APM Overview page:

App performance at a glance

When you sign in to APM and select an app for your account, use the Overview page to quickly examine relationships across different aspects of your environment; for example:

  • Web transactions response time: Where is the most time being spent? In the request queue, during different stages of page rendering and execution, from external services, or something else?
  • Transaction traces: Which transactions are the slowest, and why?
  • Error rate and throughput: What relationship is there between a spike in errors or slower throughput for a particular time period? Was there a deployment or outage at that time?
  • Servers: What kind of impact does this have on CPU usage, memory, etc.?
  • Apdex: How are these events affecting customers' satisfaction with the site?

Web and non-web transactions:

Seeing is believing

Start by comparing the top twenty transactions in terms of most time consuming, slowest average response time, highest throughput, or worst Apdex. From there, drill down into deeper trace levels for individual transactions, which in turn break down into smaller segments and components, from HTTP requests on down to SQL queries.

Want to explore even deeper?

Service maps:

Troubleshoot operational issues across the environment

APM's service maps show your app's connections and dependencies, including databases and external services. Health indicators and performance metrics show you the current operational status for every part of your architecture. You can create and customize service maps to visualize and monitor your complex architectures.

These are just a few of New Relic APM's features. To find out more, see the table of contents for New Relic APM.

Take a tour of APM

To gain a basic understanding of the key functions of APM, including data collection and monitoring, and how to capitalize on the weath of data available to you, watch this Introduction to APM video.

To view other training videos and find additional training resources, visit New Relic University at learn.newrelic.com. For a library of videos and other resources about New Relic features, visit newrelic.com/resources.

Get started

Ready to get started?

  1. Sign up for a New Relic account.
  2. Install and customize the language agent (Java, .NET, Node.js, PHP, Python, or Ruby) for your app.
  3. Wait a few minutes for New Relic to start collecting and sending your data.
  4. Log in to your New Relic account, select APM, and start exploring!

For more help

Additional documentation resources include:

Join the discussion about New Relic APM in the New Relic Online Technical Community! The Technical Community is a public platform to discuss and troubleshoot your New Relic toolset.

If you need additional help, get support at support.newrelic.com.