What is an entity in New Relic?

New Relic monitoring is built around the concept of the entity. This document explains:

  • What entities are
  • How to find entity data
  • How to organize them into groups for easier analysis
  • How long entity data is retained in the UI

What is an entity?

From a New Relic perspective, entity is a broad concept. An entity is anything New Relic can identify that has data you can monitor.

Entity can refer to fundamental data-reporting components like applications, hosts, and database services, but it can also refer to larger groupings of those components. For example, a data center, made up of a group of hosts, can be considered an entity.

This conceptual definition of entity is important because New Relic's goal is to give you practical information about the status of your business-important entities (and not just give you an unhelpfully large stream of assorted metrics and data). Our focus on entities, and the relationships between them, helps us optimize monitoring and troubleshooting of complex, modern systems.

Group and organize entities

You can place entities into groups that reflect business-important relationships in your organization. For example, you might group all entities related to a specific team or department, or related to a specific service. Or you might group multiple hosts together to reflect their grouping in a data center.

To group your entities:

If you're in... To group entities...
New Relic One Use tags.
New Relic APM and Synthetics Use labels.

Find and explore entities

An entity is anything that reports data to New Relic, so you'll find your entities wherever you see your data reporting in New Relic.

Some tips for finding and understanding entity data:

For more help

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