Insights in minutes: New Relic Instant Observability

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Today we’re announcing New Relic Instant Observability (I/0), the fastest way to instrument, monitor, and analyze your technology stack while avoiding the burden of manual setup. It's a rich open source catalog of more than 400 quickstarts—pre-built bundles of dashboards, alert configurations, and guides—contributed by experts around the world, reviewed by New Relic, and ready for you to install in a few clicks. Now, you can get more insights from your telemetry data in minutes, with New Relic I/O as your hub for instant observability. 

At New Relic, we are committed to making observability a daily best practice for every engineer by investing heavily in the global open source community. In the last 12 months alone, we open sourced more than 10 years of R&D around agents, we standardized on OpenTelemetry, and we contributed Pixie to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. New Relic I/O is a continuation of this strategy to dramatically reduce the barrier for engineers to embrace observability. Anyone can contribute data sources and share alert and dashboard configurations. Ultimately, we created New Relic I/O to make it easier for engineers to leverage community expertise to get more value out of their data, instantly.

The democratization of observability

How do you know that you are properly monitoring your LAMP stack, getting the right visibility into the performance of Gatsby sites, or debugging Kafka clusters with proven best practices? Today’s distributed environments are complex, and most engineers aren’t observability experts. Unless you’ve done it before, it’s difficult and time consuming to figure out how to instrument your distributed tech stack, capture the right data points with the right detail, and build dashboards from scratch to monitor your telemetry data. 

According to New Relic’s 2021 Observability Forecast, while most IT decision makers are familiar with observability, there’s a huge gap in the practice: only 26% of respondents have a mature observability practice, and the most commonly cited barriers to observability success are lack of resources (38%) and skill gaps (29%). 

What if there was an easier way to share these observability superpowers with all software engineers? And to get started quickly?

A single ecosystem for integrations, applications, and quickstarts

Enter New Relic I/O, an ever-expanding, open knowledge base of configurations and resources that taps into the collective experience of the world’s observability experts to help you unlock the value of your data faster. You can choose from hundreds of quickstarts (including LAMP, Gatsby, and Kafka) that bundle the necessary building blocks for instrumenting, monitoring, and acting on signals from your technology stack—and install them in a click. We’ve also built quickstarts for hundreds of end-to-end integrations for popular cloud services, tools, and open standards that include guided installation experiences as well as relevant dashboards and alerts. No matter which technologies you rely on, you can get observability coverage in minutes instead of days—or weeks.

Within New Relic Instant Observability, current New Relic One users can extend the platform with publicly available apps or any custom apps your team builds.

If you haven't used New Relic before, you can browse the catalog of available quickstarts in our public New Relic I/O catalog and get started with a free account in minutes.

How to install your first quickstart

Getting started with observability has never been easier. Before you begin, if you haven't used New Relic before, sign up for a free New Relic account (or log in to your existing account).

1. In New Relic One, to see the catalog, click Instant Observability in the top navigation. You can search, filter by contents, or select a category, such as Kubernetes or APM.

Then select a quickstart to learn more about it:

2. After you select a quickstart, you can see what’s included in the quickstart details. See a description of the pack, screenshots, and information on the included resources. Click Install this quickstart to get started.

3. Follow the instructions and install the necessary instrumentation to get the data used in the quickstart:

4. After you complete the installation process, click See your data:

5. Enjoy the dashboards, alerts, and insights:

Voila! You’re on the path to becoming an observability expert. Yes, it’s really as simple as that.

Partners in instant observability

We are proud to launch New Relic Instant Observability with pre-built quickstarts from six leading enterprise software partners. We have partnered closely with them to create quickstarts that help you extend your New Relic One experience:

  • Kentik is the network observability company. The Kentik quickstarts help network and development teams quickly identify and troubleshoot application performance issues correlated with network traffic performance and health data.
  • Fastly is an edge cloud platform that enables its customers to create great digital experiences quickly, securely, and reliably. With the Fastly CDN quickstart, you can monitor key metrics from Fastly’s content delivery network to improve service reliability and ensure great online experiences for end users.
  • Lacework is a data-driven security platform for the cloud that can collect, analyze, and accurately correlate data across an organization’s Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Kubernetes environments, and narrow it down to the handful of security events that matter. The Lacework quickstart bridges the gap between observability and security teams, and integrates with New Relic’s database to surface security events and alerts directly in New Relic One.
  • Cribl is the observability pipeline company that lets customers parse and route any type of data. The Cribl quickstart allows you to get immediate visibility into your entire environment right from New Relic One without the need to create your own dashboards and alerts—simplifying your workflows and reducing time to value.
  • Trend Micro is a global cyber security leader. The Trend Micro Cloud One quickstart ingests cloud security posture management (CSPM) data from Conformity into New Relic One to contextualize and correlate it with workload telemetry data, delivering AI-powered visualizations and quick insights. This allows security and cloud teams to immediately take action in improving their security and compliance postures.
  • Gigamon is a hybrid-cloud visibility and analytics platform that provides access to—and extracts intelligence from—all network traffic. The Gigamon quickstart delivers advanced security capabilities that offer network detection and response to advanced threats, including shadow IT activities, crypto-mining and torrent activities, SSL cipher versions, and expiration dates across both managed and unmanaged hosts, such as IoT/OT and containers.
The lack of integrated application and network observability continues to claim a high toll in latency and downtime. Even the companies with well-budgeted IT teams are exposed to user experience impact when they do not have a unified view of their environments. Through our expanded partnership with New Relic, we're helping network and development teams quickly identify and troubleshoot application performance issues correlated with network traffic, performance and health data, and ultimately make services more reliable.
Fastly is uniquely built to offer greater control and reliability, supporting faster sites and apps, high quality streaming, and real-time visibility—all in our agile, API-first platform. With Fastly’s powerful edge cloud and New Relic’s industry-leading cloud-based observability platform, businesses can correlate data from all other services to get a holistic, real-time view of their network while developers get the tools they need to build and deploy the most groundbreaking apps—all optimized for speed, security, and scale.
Cloud security has the same core tenants as observability—organizations need speed, automation, and context. Whether you're proactively identifying vulnerabilities or trying to find the root cause and impact of a breach, you need to streamline as much as possible. Our cloud security solution, coupled with New Relic’s comprehensive observability capabilities, provides our joint customers with a seamless and consistent experience between DevOps and security use cases. Together we’re bridging the gap between software delivery and security—providing deeper visibility, shared context, and efficiency—all while not inhibiting your development speed.
Enterprises today are caught between the fleets of existing deployed agents, dozens of next-generation and legacy protocols, and their dreams of ubiquitous observability. With our partnership with New Relic, customers can easily onboard data from anywhere into New Relic—giving them full visibility to observe and secure every application.  
Architecting a security observability strategy is becoming increasingly important as cloud builders rapidly take advantage of high-velocity cloud architectures. By leveraging our security services platform with New Relic One, we are providing our joint customers comprehensive visibility into their cloud risk posture, providing valuable insights to respond better to vulnerabilities.
We share New Relic’s vision for an open ecosystem empowered by rich telemetry. Gigamon extends this vision to security use cases for hybrid- and multi-cloud infrastructure. By providing 5,000+ metadata attributes, for example, customers enhance their full security stack to go deep into the application communications of VM, container, and bare metal workloads. New Relic quickstarts make it easy to visualize Gigamon flow and metadata, complementing log- and metric-based observability. Gigamon ThreatINSIGHT completes the picture by using this network visibility to detect, investigate, and respond to threats from crypto-mining to beaconing.