In today’s digital landscape, it is important to ensure the availability, performance and functionality of your applications or websites to provide exceptional user experience. One powerful tool that can help you achieve this is synthetic monitoring. In this blog post, we’ll explore what synthetic monitoring is and how you can get it working in New Relic, the popular application performance monitoring (APM) platform.
What is synthetic monitoring? Synthetic monitoring involves simulating user interactions with your applications or websites using automated scripts. These scripts replicate common user actions, such as loading a webpage, submitting a form, or navigating through different sections. By performing these simulated interactions from different locations, synthetic monitoring provides insight into the performance and availability of your digital services.
Why synthetic monitoring in New Relic? New Relic offers a comprehensive suite of monitoring and observation tools, and synthetic monitoring is one of its standout features. With New Relic’s Synthetic Monitoring, you can proactively monitor your applications and ensure a seamless user experience. This helps you spot performance issues, identify bottlenecks, and mitigate potential problems before they affect real users.
Getting started with synthetic monitoring in New Relic:
1. Sign in to your New Relic account:
• Visit the New Relic website (https://newrelic.com) and log in using your account credentials.
2. Set up a new synthetic monitor:
• Navigate to the “Synthetics” section within the New Relic dashboard.
• To create a new synthetic monitor, click “Monitors” and then select “New Monitor”.
3. Select Monitor Type:
• New Relic offers a variety of synthetic monitors, such as Ping, Simple Browser, Scripted Browser, and API Test. Select the monitor type that best suits your monitoring needs.
4. Configure Monitor Settings:
• Fill in the required details to monitor, including the URL or endpoint you want to monitor, the frequency of the check, and the locations from where you want to run the check.
5. Customize advanced settings (optional):
• Depending on the monitor type chosen, you may have additional settings to configure, such as authentication credentials, headers, cookies, or scripting for more complex scenarios.
6. Define warning conditions:
• Specify the conditions that should trigger an alert if the monitor encounters a problem. Set thresholds for response time, error rate, or text verification to determine when alerts should be sent.
7. Save and Activate Monitor:
• After configuring the monitor settings, save the monitor and choose to activate it immediately or schedule it to activate later.
8. Monitor Results:
• Once the monitor is activated, New Relic will begin running probes according to the specified schedule. Monitor results, including status, response time, errors, and alerts, can be viewed in the Synthetix section of the New Relic dashboard.
9. Set up Alert Notifications:
• To receive timely alerts when the monitor detects problems, configure alert policies in New Relic. Choose notification channels such as email, SMS or chat tools to stay informed about performance events.
Synthetic Monitoring in New Relic empowers you to proactively monitor your applications and websites, while ensuring a seamless user experience. By simulating user interactions and monitoring from different locations, you can spot performance issues, optimize your system, and mitigate potential problems. Follow the step-by-step guide outlined in this blog to get started with synthetic monitoring in New Relic and take control of your application’s performance and availability.
Remember, synthetic monitoring is just one aspect of New Relic’s powerful suite of monitoring tools. Explore further to unlock New Relic’s full potential in managing and optimizing your digital services.