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Our Distributed Tracing Feature is Live!



Distributed Tracing

Today we’re announcing the general availability of distributed tracing, designed to give your software teams an easy way to capture, visualize, and analyze traces through complex architectures, including architectures that use both monoliths and microservices.

Every customer with a New Relic APM Pro subscription will get this new capability at no extra charge, you will just have to update your agents and enable distributed tracing in your agent configuration. This initial release includes support for Java, Node.js, Python, and Ruby, and assembles trace data collected across polyglot environments into detailed scatter- and waterfall visualizations. In the coming months, our team plans to incrementally deliver on a larger distributed tracing roadmap with support for .NET and Go coming first, followed by support for PHP.

New Distributed Tracing View in APM:

For DevOps teams, understanding how a downstream service “a few hops away” can create a critical bottleneck for their service is essential for fast problem resolution. Just as important, it also provides teams with insight on how to optimize their code. If DevOps teams can’t determine when, why, and how an issue happens, small defects may continue to linger in production until a perfect storm of events aligns and the system breaks all at once. Distributed tracing provides engineers with the detailed view of individual requests so they can point out precisely what part(s) of the larger system are problematic.

What’s next

This release is just the first of many, and is part of a larger product roadmap designed to help teams understand complex software environments using distributed tracing. Our roadmap includes:

  • Updates to our .NET, Go, and PHP agents to support distributed tracing
  • Integration with New Relic Browser and New Relic Mobile to connect client and backend performance
  • Improved integration with New Relic Synthetics and Infrastructure
  • Support for OpenTracing and OpenCensus

Be sure to review the transition guide and distributed tracing documentation.

Please also be sure to post any questions or comments about using this new feature in the APM category in the community and tag it with #distributedtracing .

For extra juicy details on distributed tracing use cases, check out our blog post!

And start the transition now with our Relic Solution guide to a successful distributed tracing transition!

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Do you have a timeline for PHP distributed tracing support? We have most of our Python and Go services instrumented but it’s not very useful without PHP (which is what our web servers are using)


@jeffr, We are working on Distributed Tracing on PHP right now. Look for more information on this soon.


We just released support of distributed tracing for PHP.

Here’s some useful links:
Distributed tracing for the PHP agent
PHP agent 8.4 release notes