New Relic vs Pingdom: What are the differences?
What is 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.
What is Pingdom? Uptime and performance monitoring made easy. Pingdom is an uptime monitoring service. When problems happen with a site that Pingdom monitors, it immediately alerts the owner so the problem can be taken care of.
New Relic belongs to "Performance Monitoring" category of the tech stack, while Pingdom can be primarily classified under "Website Monitoring".
Some of the features offered by New Relic are:
- Performance Data Retention
- Real-User Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Layer
- App Response Time, Throughput, & Breakdown by Component
On the other hand, Pingdom provides the following key features:
- Uptime & Response time reports
- Multi-step transaction monitoring
- Email, text & twitter alerts
"Easy setup", "Really powerful" and "Awesome visualization" are the key factors why developers consider New Relic; whereas "Simple and reliable", "Monitoring your websites" and "Easy to use dashboard" are the primary reasons why Pingdom is favored.
Airbnb, Spotify, and StackShare are some of the popular companies that use New Relic, whereas Pingdom is used by Spotify, Dropbox, and Pinterest. New Relic has a broader approval, being mentioned in 3142 company stacks & 576 developers stacks; compared to Pingdom, which is listed in 864 company stacks and 219 developer stacks.
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Great service, gives me piece of mind. One thing I really don't like: they set the default notification downtime to 2 min or greater. I missed a total of 13 minutes of downtime for our blog over a three month period back before we moved it over to the rails app because there was basically one minute here, one minute there. I was pretty angry when I found out they weren't notifying me. But then I realized that it probably makes sense. But they should be more transparent and make it clear that there is a 2 minute window when you first set up alerts.
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.
Pingdom is a tool I use close to deployment of new apps or sites and periodically used to check the health of an app or site over time. The analysis of request times, assets and more is second to none.
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.
Just like we care about errors, we care about metrics - especially around performance. You'd be crazy not to use it - and not surprisingly, it's a one-click add-on in Heroku.
For making sure everything is up, and telling us when it's not. We tested a few services and pingdom is still the quickest to recognise downtime.
Monitoring for Coolfront Mobile, Coolfront Agreements and Coolfront Books. Alerts Coolfront IT team when systems can not be reached.