As you may know, CenturyLink Cloud has partnered with New Relic to provide a suite of application performance management tools for your applications running on the CenturyLink Cloud enterprise cloud. With the release today of two exciting new features, customers who have deployed a New Relic blueprint on CenturyLink Cloud will have even deeper insight into their applications. (Check out this page to learn more about CenturyLink Cloud’s New Relic blueprint and watch a demo on how to deploy your own.)

The first new feature in New Relic’s lineup is the App Speed Index. This removes the guesswork around the response time of your application. The data is provided via their dashboard, pulled from insights from their more than 55 billion performance metrics. This trending will help you identify where and when your application is having performance issues or if your application is just blazing along.

In addition to the metrics, with App Speed Index you will be able to classify your application into a Peer Group of similar applications (e.g. eCommerce, SaaS, Gaming, and Consumer Internet applications) and benchmark your app with industry peers. Find out your percentile rank within your peer group for end user and application response times, error rates, and application availability.

You can learn more about the App Speed Index here, or check out this blog post from New Relic. Another excellent resource to check out is the New Relic living infographic, updated daily to show how the peer groups rank by performance and availability. It even lists the fastest applications monitored by New Relic.

Custom dashboards, another new feature, enable New Relic users to see things like the Network I/O graphs and End User Response Time graphs on the same dashboard. There are other possibilities too: it’s up to you to select the key metrics you want to see and then you can pull those together into your own custom dashboard, adding even more value to your data collection.

NOTE: These features are however only available for New Relic Pro customers. You’ll need to upgrade if you’re in a lower service tier.