SOURCE: New Relic

New Relic

June 13, 2012 09:00 ET

RedMonk Teams With New Relic to Report on Adoption of Popular Web Development Technologies

"State of the Stack" Research Shows Strong Demand for Open Source Including Linux, Tomcat, MySQL, Postgres and Others

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jun 13, 2012) - New Relic, Inc., the SaaS-based cloud application performance management provider, in partnership with RedMonk, the developer-focused analyst firm, today released new research on adoption of technologies at all levels of the technology stack including databases, operating systems, web servers and application frameworks. Using data from its customer base of over 24,000 organizations, New Relic examined the use of these technologies as it relates to independent web languages.

"New Relics' data reveals growing diversity among programming environments, which is a natural consequence of the ascendance of developers," said Stephen O'Grady, principal analyst at RedMonk. "If developers are free to make more choices about their infrastructure, it follows that the environments surveyed would become more diverse. This research indicates that we're seeing a wide variety of languages, databases, applications and frameworks employed across today's organizations and also reveals clear trends that show the healthy growth and adoption of open source technologies."

New Relic and RedMonk evaluated technologies used in association with Java, Ruby, PHP and Python. Key findings included:

  • Open source dominates Java, PHP and Python: over 80 percent of Java developers, 99 percent of PHP developers, and 99 percent of Python developers use Linux OS.
  • 75 percent of Java developers deploy open source web application servers, with Apache Tomcat leading in market share.
  • PostgreSQL is the most common database among Ruby and Python developers, while MySQL dominates in PHP with 83 more popularity than Redis.
  • In Ruby application frameworks, Rails is 84 percent more popular than Sinatra. In PHP application frameworks, Drupal is 86 percent more popular than WordPress.

"New Relic measures more than 45 billion metrics each day, and these metrics tell us that developers are increasingly building more complex applications and using a host of different languages and deployment platforms," said Chris Kelly, product evangelist at New Relic. "Because New Relic takes an agnostic approach to tools and solutions, we are able to measure the demand for different databases, OS, web servers and application frameworks. We are excited to share this data with the greater development community."

Since April 2009, New Relic has published a summary of the most commonly used versions of Ruby and other programming languages. To view the results of the study, visit

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About New Relic
New Relic, Inc. is the all-in-one web application performance management provider for the cloud and the datacenter. Its SaaS solution, which combines real user monitoring, application monitoring, and availability monitoring in a single solution built from the ground up, changes the way developers and operations teams manage web application performance in real time. More than 24,000 organizations use New Relic to optimize over 10 billion transactions in production each day. New Relic also partners with leading cloud management, platform and hosting vendors to provide their customers with instant visibility into the performance of deployed applications. New Relic is a private company headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. New Relic is a registered trademark of New Relic, Inc. To learn more,