Your Web Host Doesn’t Want You To Read This: Benchmark Your VPS

There are several Linux benchmarking tools available. However, this article will highlight using the ‘dd’ Unix command to benchmark your Linux server. ‘dd’ requires no downloads and can quickly alert you to performance bottlenecks and/or prompt you to perform additional benchmarks using other tools mentioned below. Are you hosted on a Cloud, VPS or Dedicated server and […]

Use atop for Linux server performance analysis, here’s why.

We’re all familiar with top, a real-time system monitor. Some prefer htop and recently I mentioned iotop but for disk read/write monitoring. Today, I wanted to highlight another popular tool for Linux server performance analysis… atop. Atop is an ASCII full-screen performance monitor which can log and report the activity of all server processes. One feature I really like […]

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day!

Today is the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day (Sysadmin Day). Many reading this are probably hearing about it for the first time. Its ironic though that as of writing this, the official Sysadmin Day website is offline with the error message “Error establishing a database connection”. This is most likely because they needed to increase MySQL’s (the database) […]

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