AppSignal vs New Relic: What are the differences?
AppSignal: Monitoring for Ruby and Elixir. By developers, for developers. AppSignal gives you and your team alerts and detailed metrics about your Ruby or Elixir application Sensible pricing, no aggressive sales & support by developers.; New Relic: SaaS Application Performance Management for Ruby, PHP, .Net, Java, Python, and Node.js Apps. New Relic is the all-in-one web application performance tool that lets you see performance from the end user experience, through servers, and down to the line of application code.
AppSignal and New Relic can be primarily classified as "Performance Monitoring" tools.
Some of the features offered by AppSignal are:
- Track errors
- Performance Monitoring
- Compare deploys. Monitor background jobs.
On the other hand, New Relic provides the following key features:
- Performance Data Retention
- Real-User Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Layer
- App Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Component
"Easy setup" is the primary reason why developers consider AppSignal over the competitors, whereas "Easy setup" was stated as the key factor in picking New Relic.
According to the StackShare community, New Relic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3142 company stacks & 575 developers stacks; compared to AppSignal, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 5 developer stacks.
What is AppSignal?
What is New Relic?
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What are the cons of using AppSignal?
Free Heroku add-on. Not particularly useful for us. Rails profilers tend to do a better job at the app level. And I can never really figure out what’s going on with Heroku by looking at New Relic. I don’t know if we’re just not using New Relic correctly or if it really does just suck for our use case. But I guess some insight is better than none.
How do you know what parts of the workflow need improvement? Measure it. With New Relic in place, we have graphs of our API performance and can directly see if a server or zone is causing trouble, and the impact of our changes. There’s no comparison between a real-time performance graph and “Strange, the site seems slow, I should tail the logs”.
We monitor and troubleshoot our app's performance using New Relic, which gives us a great view into each type of request that hits our servers. It also gives us a nice weekly summary of error rates and response times so that we know how well we've done in the past week.
I'm trying to wring more instrumentation out of New Relic as it pertains to Rack, but for the time being, New Relic is monitoring/alerting uptime and some basic performance metrics.