On Monday, New Relic announced that it will join the Google Cloud Platform Partner program as a monitoring and application analytics application for Google Compute Engine. As a result of the partnership, Google Compute Engine customers will have free access to New Relic for “large-scale computing workloads on Linux virtual machines in Google’s data centers hosted on Google Cloud Platform.” Existing Google Compute Engine customers that are already using New Relic will receive the Google Cloud Platform Starter Pack, which features $2,000 toward the use of either Google Compute Engine or Google App Engine. Google Compute Engine customers can now use New Relic to keep track of the performance and health of applications as well as their larger IT environment. Meanwhile, Google will participate prominently at New Relic’s first technology conference, FutureStack13, from October 24-25.
New Relic’s partnership with the Google Compute Engine platform builds upon another recent partnership, namely, its integration into the Cloud Foundry Java “buildpack” that Cloud Foundry uses for application deployment. With just a few clicks of the mouse, developers can now use New Relic to monitor the performance of Java applications in Cloud Foundry development, testing and production environments.
On Tuesday, New Relic launched an Application Speed Index that measures the performance of SaaS-based applications based on user data. The application allows organizations to compare “application performance, end user response time, application availability and error rate with that of their industry peers in real-time and trending over time.” New Relic’s Application Speed Index features an Application Speed Index Leaderboard that displays the fastest applications using New Relic by industry.
Customers that opt-in are compared against their competitors in one of the following categories:
• Consumer Internet
• Marketing Site
• Mobile App
• Online Training & Collaboration
• SaaS (B2B)
• SaaS (Consumer)
• Social Networking
• Streaming Media
• Online Games
Participating customers receive a histogram of metrics such as end user response time and application performance, delivered daily, as measured against their peers. The application is enabled by big data aggregated from more than 25,000 New Relic customers and will be refreshed daily in a dashboard format.
New Relic plans to leverage its Application Speed Index to capitalize on its position as one of the leaders in data repositories about SaaS applications. Meanwhile, the Application Speed Index and its accompanying dashboards promise to inject volumes of data about application performance into the public domain in ways that are virtually guaranteed to affect the design and technical architecture of SaaS applications, in addition to igniting the debate about best practices for measuring application performance.