Introduction to New Relic Infrastructure

New Relic Infrastructure provides flexible, dynamic server monitoring. Infrastructure empowers modern operations teams to make intelligent decisions about complex systems, from a physical datacenter to thousands of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) or Microsoft Azure instances.

Real-time metrics and powerful analytics reduce your mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) by connecting changes in host performance to changes in your configuration. Hosts are automatically added and removed from the interface as they are created and destroyed, and a powerful Events page lets you see every change.

The Infrastructure UI covers your entire architecture:

  • Unified performance charts combine all your hosts into a single view.
  • Filter sets let you isolate the components most relevant to you, such as a particular Amazon EC2 region or a custom attribute identifying a dev team.
  • Inventory lets you track and search every package on every host.
  • Integrated alerting ensures you are notified about problems relevant to you or your team before they become critical situations.

Access to this feature depends on your subscription level and data retention. For pricing information, see Infrastructure monitoring pricing.

Installation: Install and configure Infrastructure

Infrastructure is lightweight and simple to install for Linux or Windows. The agent requires no additional configuration, so monitoring every host in your system is easy. Docker instrumentation is automatic, while a simple import for Amazon EC2 tags lets you track your hosts by region, instance size, and more.

Installing New Relic Infrastructure requires only three steps:

  1. Create a config file with your license key.
  2. Download the agent.
  3. Run the install script.

The Infrastructure agent starts automatically after you run the installation script and does not require additional configuration. The agent has minimal performance impact.

If needed, you can manually start, stop, restart, or check the agent's status. For additional installation and configuration information, see the documentation on Linux, Windows, or config management tools. You can also optionally decorate your data with custom attributes.

Integrations for more visibility

Infrastructure integrations give you more visibility into popular systems, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) services, Microsoft Azure, MySQL, NGINX, and Cassandra, and more. You can also build your own custom integrations using New Relic's Integrations SDK. After you connect your integrations to Infrastructure, your alerts and dashboards automatically scale to provide you with complete coverage.

With the AWS integrations, you can monitor your AWS accounts, giving you a view of your entire architecture in one place. The AWS integrations are available depending on your subscription level. For example:

  • All Infrastructure accounts: New Relic automatically connects your EC2 data to Infrastructure agent data, to provide enhanced filtering and grouping in the Infrastructure UI.
  • Infrastructure Pro accounts: With Infrastructure Pro, you gain unprecedented understanding of AWS usage by using New Relic Insights with your AWS integrations.

Filter sets: Slice and dice your hosts

Filter sets allow you to organize your hosts based on criteria that matter most to you. You can filter your hosts by any Infrastructure attribute, such as geographic location, hostname, or Linux distribution.

You can also filter on Amazon EC2 attributes, such as AWS region or instance type. In addition, you can add custom attributes to define unique metadata, such as what team manages the host or the services running on that host.

Workflow: Correlate metrics with change events

Reduce your mean-time-to-resolution (MTTR) with Infrastructure's unique event-based workflow.

Here's an example of solving a specific app performance issue:

  1. You're notified of a slowdown in your login service by an Infrastructure alert, or by noticing one of your Filter Sets is having performance issues.
  2. You click through to the Hosts page to view performance information for a custom filter set labeled Login Service, and you see that CPU usage has spiked.
  3. Above the Hosts CPU chart, the events feed shows that a package was modified right before CPU usage spiked. By clicking on those packages, you drill down to the relevant time on the Events page.
  4. From the Events page, it appears that a particular package version is causing the issue.
  5. Switching to the Inventory page, you search your infrastructure for servers running that particular package version and downgrade them to a more stable release.
New Relic Infrastructure main page
infrastructure.newrelic.com > Hosts: New Relic Infrastructure lets you view the health of your entire infrastructure at a glance, or filter your view to show only the information most relevant to you (such as Amazon EC2 tags).

Other key features

New Relic Infrastructure also includes these features:

Feature Description
New Relic Insights support

With access to New Relic Insights, you can:

New Relic APM integration

If you have New Relic APM installed on Infrastructure-monitored hosts, APM data will show up in Infrastructure. This gives you the ability to troubleshoot performance issues, no matter where the issue occurs: server-side or application-side.

Inventory search The Inventory page allows you to search across your entire infrastructure, to find exactly which of your hosts contain particular packages, config files, or startup scripts. For example, you could search for hosts containing versions of OpenSSL affected by the Heartbleed security bug.
Events log Infrastructure Events track config changes, restarts, SSH sessions, and other key event changes to each of your hosts. A real-time feed gives you a changelog for your entire infrastructure.
Near real-time data Infrastructure securely collects and displays your data in five seconds, so your monitoring never lags behind reality.
Alert conditions created directly from relevant charts

You can create, view, or update alert settings directly from the relevant Infrastructure chart. For example, if you want to be notified when New Relic has stopped receiving data from an Infrastructure agent, you can create a host not reporting alert condition.

The associated alert policy respects your current filter set, so you can create alert conditions tailored to specific teams, services, or components in your environment. New Relic Alerts automatically adds new instances to matching alert conditions, so you don't need to manually tweak existing alert policies.

Other UI features

In addition to the Hosts, Inventory, and Events pages used in the core workflow, Infrastructure includes other tools to manage your systems:

  • Processes: View CPU performance across your systems, create CPU-based alerts, and discover which of your hosts have high or low load.
  • Network: View network load across your systems, compare load balances, and view your most common network errors.
  • Storage: View disk usage across your systems, set disk-based alerts, and plan for future storage capacity.

Troubleshooting

For troubleshooting resources, see No data appears and other troubleshooting documents.

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