How can IPHost Network Monitor help me to tune server performance?
Q: I need to optimize my server performance. How can IPHost assist me in that?
A: Server performance tuning is impossible without reliable information on a server workload. It includes CPU load, Available Memory, DISKSPACE, network connectivity. It is possible to get statistics on these parameters of server performance using IPHost Network Monitor, to use these data important for subsequent server performance tuning.
First, it is necessary to identify characteristics of the server under standard working conditions, when the server is running under a load and operations are performed at an acceptable rate (see also server testing info). It is recommended to track the level of processing power during a business day. If this period has passed without failures and downtimes, one can consider server setup acceptable. Set those values for monitors you will use as acceptable.
During monitoring process the periods of server load spikes should be analyzed. If server performance was acceptable when the spikes happened, the server has sufficient processing power for the class of current tasks and does not require performance tuning.
When analyzing server processing power, and in subsequent server performance tuning one should compare values of all parameters (CPU load, memory, disk space, server uptime/downtime, bandwidth consumed) simultaneously. All of them should be taken into account when planning fine tuning. For example, insufficient virtual memory or swapping space could adversely affect CPU load. While analyzing statistics and subsequent server performance tuning one should take into account that all four parameters play an important role and are interdependent.
Everyday experience shows that CPU load trends to grow. Server resources go scarce, number of tasks usually grows. These and other factors can result in noticeable server performance degradation. This is why server resources should be monitored constantly, and trends should be carefully watched.