New Relic's Kubernetes integration gives you full visibility into the health and performance of your Kubernetes environment, no matter whether you run Kubernetes on-premise or in the cloud. With our cluster explorer, you can cut through layers of complexity to see how your cluster is performing, from the heights of the control plane down to applications running on a single pod.
Why it matters
Governing the complexity of Kubernetes can be challenging; there's so much going on at any given moment, with containers being created and deleted in a matter of minutes, applications crashing, and resources being consumed unexpectedly. Our integration helps you navigate Kubernetes abstractions across on-premise, cloud, and hybrid deployments.
It all starts with the cluster explorer, where the full picture of a cluster is made available on a single screen: nodes and pods are visualized according to their health and performance, with pending and alerting nodes in the innermost circles. Predefined alert conditions help you troubleshoot issues right from the start. Clicking each node reveals its status and how each app is performing.
If you need additional control, you can build your own charts and query all your Kubernetes data, which our integration collects by instrumenting the container orchestration layer. This gives you additional insight into nodes, namespaces, deployments, replica sets, pods, and containers.
With the Kubernetes integration you can also:
- Link your APM data to Kubernetes to measure the performance of your web and mobile applications, with metrics such as request rate, throughput, error rate, and availability.
- Monitor services running on Kubernetes, such as Apache, NGINX, Cassandra, and many more (see our tutorial for monitoring Redis on Kubernetes).
- Create new alert policies and alert conditions based on your Kubernetes data, or extend the predefined alert conditions.
These features are in addition to the data New Relic Infrastructure already reports for containerized processes running on instrumented hosts.
Get started: Install the Kubernetes integration
Before installing the Kubernetes integration, check the compatibility and requirements.
There are several ways of installing and enabling the Kubernetes integration:
- Install on a server or VM
- Install on managed platforms, such as EKS, GKE, and others
- Install using the Helm package manager
After installing, you can do additional configuration, including:
- Further configure control plane monitoring
- Link New Relic APM to the Kubernetes integration
- Monitor services that run on Kubernetes
Navigate all your Kubernetes events
The Kubernetes events integration, which is installed separately, watches for events happening in your Kubernetes clusters and sends those events to New Relic. Events data is then visualized in the cluster explorer. To set it up, check the Kubernetes events box in step 3 of our install wizard, or follow the instructions.
Bring your cluster logs to New Relic
Our Kubernetes plugin for New Relic Logs can collect all your cluster's logs and send them to our platform, so that you can set up new alerts and charts. To set it up, check the Log data box in step 3 of our install wizard, or follow the instructions.