After releasing more than 30 cloud-service integrations and seeing how our customers are using them, we learned that while monitoring relevant cloud services is a high priority, getting a focused view is equally important—as is avoiding significant increases to their cloud usage bill.
Fine-grained control that is easy to configure
The new ability to configure polling frequency and data collection for cloud integrations is designed to let New Relic customers
- Reduce the polling intervals for metrics and inventory
- Set filter conditions to narrow data fetching (for example, by region or by tag)
In addition, this fine-tuning can be configured individually for each cloud integration with a few clicks in the UI, as seen below:
We built this new functionality to help customers focus on the cloud service data that is important to them, and to help prevent the potential implications of excessive API polling, including hitting API usage rate limits and unnecessarily incurring additional service charges.
The new feature can be found in the New Relic Infrastructure user interface for each integration, and can be used to granularly configure the following:
- How often New Relic gathers service metrics from the cloud provider
- How often New Relic gathers cloud entities and services attributes from the cloud provider
- Which specific locations or resource groups will be monitored
- Which tag keys or tag values describe the resources to be monitored
- The name of the resources (such as AWS queues and application load balancers) to be monitored
You can filter not only by service and region, but also by customer-defined tags that match the way you want to monitor your environment. For example, you could filter by production versus development environments, or by application type or any other filter set you define. Once you turn on the filter, you should notice a difference in the amount of data that is being fetched.
The ability to configure polling frequency and data collection for cloud integrations is now available for most AWS and Azure services for customers with a New Relic Infrastructure Pro subscription. See the documentation for more details.