Introduction to distributed tracing

We provide distributed tracing for monitoring and analyzing your distributed systems.

Quick start

To get started right away:

  • Learn: Check out the different types of distributed tracing with New Relic.
  • Enable: See how to set up distributed tracing.
  • Use: View your traces in the UI after you enable distributed tracing.

Why distributed tracing matters

When you can see software requests end-to-end, troubleshooting is easier and faster. Distributed tracing does this by showing you the path a request follows as it travels through a distributed system.

As requests travel between services, each segment is recorded as a span, which represents time spent in services or resources of those services. All the spans of a request are combined into a single distributed trace to give you a picture of an entire request.

Once your traces are captured in New Relic, you can use our powerful tools to analyze them:

For more help

If you need more help, check out these support and learning resources: