We’ve been talking a lot about Docker over the past few weeks—with good reason. Docker’s explosive growth in popularity within the enterprise has enabled new distributed application architectures and with it a need for app-centric monitoring of your Docker containers within the context of the rest of your infrastructure.

We’re thrilled to announce today that New Relic’s Docker monitoring is now generally available to New Relic customers, just in time for DockerCon 2015! (And as we noted last week, New Relic’s Docker monitoring solution has been selected by Docker for its Ecosystem Technology Partner program as a proven container monitoring solution.)

See also: New Relic Generates Real Data on Docker Container Adoption

Why app-centric monitoring?

If you’re a software business using Docker containers, chances are you’ve done so to gain efficiencies from your system resources or portability across environments to shorten the cycle between writing and running code. Either way, adding Docker containers to your app development meant a new tier of infrastructure to monitor, which equated to a “black box” in your data—one that you had no visibility into from a monitoring perspective,

Docker monitoring with New Relic is designed to “fix” this lack of monitoring visibility by adding an app-centric view of Docker containers to the existing New Relic Servers interface you already use. Now, instead of having a gap between the application and server monitoring views, we’ve added the ability to see containers with the same “first-class“ experience as you would with virtual machines and servers. You can now drill down from the application (which is really what you care about) to the individual Docker container, and then to the physical server. No more blind spots!

As we strive to do with all of our products, we took the approach of “important” over “impressive” when it comes to the container information we provide to users. Based on direct feedback from customers, we’ve tried to take the mystery out of finding the right container to help you get back to developing your applications. As the way people use containers changes over time, we plan to continue to listen to our customers to help shape how we approach Docker container monitoring.

Restoring 360-degree view of your application environment

One example of how app-centric monitoring can impact a team moving to microservices or distributed application environments is Motus, a mobile workforce management company. Motus has been a New Relic customer for more than four years and recently has been shifting to a microservices architecture with approximately 95% of its production workload now running in Docker containers.

While Docker helpd Motus gain speed and agility while reducing infrastructure complexity, the link between the application and what was happening with the container it was running on was broken. During the trial of New Relic’s Docker monitoring, Motus was able to more easily identify which container an app was running on, all the way down to the node. That was a big help when they needed to investigate an issue and determine if a new container was required. During the beta alone, Motus estimates that using New Relic helped them to reduce the time to investigate and fix problems with its Docker containers by 30%!

Motus isn’t just using New Relic to diagnose when a problem occurs. Docker monitoring with New Relic has helped Motus analyze and “right size” its containers for the application to better allocate resources for performance and budget.

Get started with New Relic’s Docker monitoring today, for more information, please stop by our booth at DockerCon, June 22-23 in San Francisco!


Container image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

Andrew Marshall a senior product marketing manager for the Servers and Plugins products at New Relic. He is passionate about the convergence of technology and business, and how data can be used to make increasingly complex business decisions. Also cat videos. View posts by .

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