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Your favorite service and your favorite tech: New Relic gets Node

SAN FRANCISCO — As the sun rises on FutureStack, New Relic’s first developer conference, we bring you some exciting news: The app-analytics company is rolling out support for Node.js.

Oh, yeah. It’s ticker-tape parade time.

“We’ll be market leaders in Node within 60 days, I’m sure of it,” said New Relic CEO Lew Cirne in an interview with VentureBeat this week.

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Node support will be available through New Relic directly and through an initial partner lineup that includes Joyent, Engine Yard, and CloudBees.

Understanding the new offering is pretty simple if you’ve already got a handle on New Relic’s core service: application performance monitoring, or APM. With Node.js plus New Relic, you can get real-time stats and charts for your Node-based apps, all the better to view crashes, catch memory hogs, and squash bugs.

And if you’re already using New Relic for your web and mobile apps, well bully for you, because you can see those plus your Node stuff from the same dashboard.

Here’s the Node-specific nitty gritty of what New Relic’s cooked up:

  • Notifications and alerts
  • Error tracking
  • Maps of your apps
  • End-to-end transaction traces
  • Diagnostics at the code level
  • Database transactions
  • Performance visualizations that include outside APIs
  • Reporting for SLA, availability, scalability, etc.

In a statement on the news, Joyent engineering SVP Bryan Cantrill said, “When [Node] misbehaves in production, you have no idea what’s going on. If you can’t observe what the app is doing then you don’t know when there is a problem.

“New Relic and Joyent’s SmartOS allow people in the Node community to quantify and understand their app performance and gives them the assurance of knowing that no matter how deep the problem goes, they can go with it.” 

This is just the first of many announcements coming from FutureStack today, so stay tuned.


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