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Why Wouldn't You Consider an Open-Source New Relic Alternative?

New Relic has long been a popular choice for many businesses seeking application performance monitoring (APM) solutions. However, open-source alternatives have been gaining traction, providing compelling reasons to consider them.

In this blog, we explore the advantages of opting for an open-source driven New Relic alternative, breaking free from licence constraints and embracing a new paradigm of software monitoring.


  1. Cost Efficiency

One of the most significant advantages of open-source alternatives is cost efficiency. New Relic and similar proprietary tools often come with hefty subscription fees and licensing costs that can escalate based on the number of monitored resources. In contrast, open-source APM solutions like Prometheus, Grafana, and Zabbix are free to use and can be deployed on-premise or in the cloud without a licence fee. 

This is often played off that it's for start-ups or organisations without deep pockets. But if it gets you the result and you don't have to go cap in hand each time you want to change your arrangement then for me it's an advantage that speaks for itself.

  1. Customisability and Flexibility

Open-source alternatives provide the freedom to customise and adapt the monitoring tools according to specific needs. Proprietary solutions like New Relic, while feature-rich, may lack certain functionalities tailored to unique requirements. With open-source tools, developers can extend and modify the software to suit their applications precisely. This level of flexibility empowers teams to build a monitoring stack that aligns perfectly with their ecosystem, enhancing overall efficiency.

  1. Transparency and Security

Open-source projects thrive on community collaboration, where developers from around the world contribute, audit, and improve the codebase. This collaborative effort promotes transparency, as anyone can inspect the source code to identify and fix potential vulnerabilities. Security-conscious organizations may find open-source alternatives appealing due to this high level of scrutiny, helping them establish more reliable and secure monitoring systems.

  1. Community Support and Active Development

The open-source ecosystem is known for its vibrant community support and active development. Users have access to extensive documentation, forums, and online communities where they can seek advice, share knowledge, and collaborate with like-minded individuals. Proprietary vendors may offer support, but open-source alternatives often provide faster issue resolution due to the dedicated efforts of the community.

  1. Platform Independence

Many open-source monitoring tools are designed to be platform-independent, supporting a wide array of operating systems, programming languages, and cloud environments. This flexibility ensures seamless integration with diverse software stacks, eliminating concerns about vendor lock-in. In contrast, sticking solely to proprietary tools like New Relic might limit your options and hinder future technology decisions.

  1. Scalability

Open-source alternatives, particularly cloud-native solutions like Kubernetes and Istio, are built with scalability in mind. As your application and user base grow, these tools can handle increased monitoring demands without compromising performance. Scalability is crucial for businesses aiming to scale rapidly or experiencing fluctuating workloads.


While New Relic has been a popular choice for application performance monitoring, the rise of open-source alternatives provides compelling reasons to consider a switch. At IG CloudOps we have worked with AWS & Azure for over a decade. We have used this experience to build a cloud management platform to form the foundation of our cloud services.

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