We created a chart-building mode specifically for New Relic data that lets New Relic customers take full advantage of SignalFx dimensions, filters and analytics. Called “New Relic wildcard mode”, this feature performs wildcard searches for metrics delimited by the slash “/” character. For example, the Apdex score for application 12742967 is given by a metric that looks something like this:
To see the Apdex scores for that endpoint in all applications, search using New Relic wildcard mode like this:
Click here to read more about New Relic wildcarding mode.
Best of all, if you install the SignalFx collectd agent on the same servers that host your New Relic-instrumented applications, you’ll be able to connect New Relic’s stellar applications data with SignalFx’s high-resolution, real-time infrastructure data. Click here to read more about combining data from all levels of your stack.
At SignalFx, timeliness and correctness of data is the top priority, and there are a few idiosyncrasies to the API that all New Relic users should be aware of. We’ve done our best to accommodate and we hope these inconsistencies will be resolved soon. Until then, here are some limitations you should know about:
- API rate limit: There is a limit of 3000 metrics total that can be obtained by API calls, which means that not every metric may be pulled into SignalFx. This is not an intentional limit, and New Relic reports that they are working on it.
- API metric name format: In some cases, New Relic metric names include the delimiter “/” as part of the name (for instance: metrics about the endpoint “/*”). In SignalFx, all delimiter characters are treated as delimiters.
- Metric naming: The names of metrics available through the New Relic API may differ from the names as they appear in their user interface. To help guide API users, the New Relic team has written several comprehensive guides about how to calculate common quantities using API results. For example, here are their guides for calculating application throughput and available server memory.