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Estimate your data ingest cost

For New Relic organizations on our usage-based pricing model, several factors can impact your costs. This doc will help you estimate your New Relic data ingest costs.

Before you start

Before you start, you should have a decent understanding of how our usage-based pricing model works and the factors that affect billing. Note that you get 100 GBs of ingested data per month for free (learn more about what you get for free).

Best option: extrapolate usage from a test New Relic account

Before getting started, note that you can sign up and use New Relic for free, without ever putting in a credit card. We give you full visibility on your data ingest, so it's easy for you to figure out where data is coming from and adjust your data ingest as you go.

The amount of ingested data can vary from one New Relic organization to the next, based on what kinds of things are monitored, what features are used, the monitored applications' behaviors, and more. It's vital to understand the various factors that affect data ingest to know where in the approximate range ingest will fall. For example, our logs-in-context feature will add more data to the logs and the percentage amount will vary based on the size of the log lines (smaller log events = higher % increase). Given such variability, the best way to estimate your costs is to set up a test New Relic account and then extrapolate your usage from that. Your actual usage is shown in the data management UI.

Here are some tips for extrapolating usage from a New Relic account:

  • If you're just signing up to New Relic, consider creating a test installation with an environment similar to what you'll need moving forward. Then use the baseline ingest from the trial to extrapolate what your full environment would require. To do this, create a new free account, and use our instant observability options to get started reporting data. Note that APM, infrastructure monitoring, and logs tend to produce the bulk of most customer's data, but that can vary.
  • If you're an existing customer, use consumption info from the data management hub or by querying your data ingest to estimate new or added ingest.

Use the cost estimator spreadsheet

As we say above, data ingest and associated cost can vary greatly for accounts, depending on your architecture and New Relic setup, and that's why we recommend creating a New Relic account to extrapolate usage. But if you don't wish to create a test New Relic account, you can use our cost estimator spreadsheet, which auto-populates a rough estimated cost. You can use the cost estimator spreadsheet for directional guidance and approximations based on simplified inputs that you provide with the built-in assumptions (that may not be true for your use case), but it's not a guarantee of your actual costs. To get started, make a copy of this Google spreadsheet.

Note that this spreadsheet gives you an option of choosing one of two data options: Data Plus at US$0.50 per GB and original data option at US$0.30 per GB. If your organization has a different data cost, you'll have to adjust the cost estimate to match that difference.

The instructions below will give you instructions on how to fill out the spreadsheet. Note that the spreadsheet provides you only an estimate: it's not a binding billing proposal.

To arrive at the ingest rates used in the estimator, we analyzed about 10,000 existing New Relic organizations of various sizes to arrive at the ingest rates used in our calculations. Note that you get 100 GBs of data ingest per month for free.

The following sections explain how to use the various parts of the spreadsheet.

View the calculated estimate

When you complete the extended retention section, the total estimated price is displayed in the Calculations section of the spreadsheet.

Other potential data ingest costs

Because this billing calculation was designed for newer customers, it uses the implementations and costs that our newer customers often have. For example, we haven't provided cost estimates for browser monitoring, mobile monitoring, network performance monitoring, or other services. (Maybe worth noting: neither our basic alerting features nor our synthetic monitors contribute to data ingest.) For many organizations, these other costs will often represent only 5% or so of the costs examined and calculated in the spreadsheet. But be aware that high levels of data ingest by other tools can make that higher.

Other billing factors

Data ingest is one billing factor. To learn about others, see Usage-based pricing.

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