New Relic Supports Amazon VPC Flow Logs on Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose
September 19, 2022
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New Relic announced support for Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) Flow Logs on Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose to reduce the friction of sending logs to New Relic.

Amazon VPC Flow Logs from AWS is a feature that allows customers to capture information about the IP traffic going to and from network interfaces in their Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). With New Relic support for Amazon VPC Flow Logs, both AWS and New Relic customers can quickly gain a clear understanding of a network’s performance and troubleshoot activity without impacting the network throughput or latency.

Network telemetry is challenging even for network engineers. To unlock cloud-scale observability, engineers need to explore VPC performance and connectivity across multiple accounts and regions to understand if an issue started in the network or somewhere else. To solve this, New Relic has streamlined the delivery of Amazon VPC Flow Logs by allowing engineers to send them to New Relic via Kinesis Data Firehose, which reliably captures, transforms, and delivers streaming data to data lakes, data stores, and analytics services. With New Relic’s simple “add data” interface, it only takes moments to configure Amazon VPC Flow Logs using the AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) or an AWS CloudFormation template. Instead of digging through raw logs across multiple accounts, any engineer can begin with an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance they own and begin to explore the data that matters, regardless of the AWS account or AWS Region.

“New Relic continues to invest in our relationship with AWS. Helping customers gain visibility into their cloud networking environment increases their overall application observability,” said Riya Shanmugam, GVP, Global Alliances and Channels at New Relic.

“New Relic’s connected experience for Amazon VPC Flow Logs, paired with the simplicity of using Kinesis Data Firehose, enables our joint customers to easily understand how their networks are performing, troubleshoot networking issues more quickly, and explore their VPC resources more readily.” said Nishant Mehta, Director of PM – EC2 and VPC Networking at AWS.

With the New Relic support for Amazon VPC Flow Logs on Kinesis Data Firehose, customers can:

- Monitor and alert on network traffic from within New Relic.

- Visualize network performance metrics such as bytes and packets per second, as well as accepts and rejects per second across every TCP or UDP port.

- Explore flow log deviations to look for unexpected changes in network volume or health.

- Diagnose overly restrictive security group rules or potentially malicious traffic issues.

The New Relic support for Amazon VPC Flow Logs on Kinesis Data Firehose is available to all New Relic Full Platform users.

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