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

Last update Nov 2nd 2016: Included quick dd commands to check cached vs uncached disk read performance. There are several Linux benchmarking tools available. However, this article will highlight using the ‘dd’ Unix command for a quick overview and benchmark of your Linux server or VPS. ‘dd’ requires no downloads and can quickly alert you to any […]

3rd DDoS attack today, beginning of a new era

4th Update: 20 min video response by Dale Drew, the chief security officer of Internet backbone company Level 3. 3rd Update: More details emerging “that some of the infrastructure responsible for the distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks against Dyn DNS were botnets compromised by Mirai malware.” says Flashpoint. I’ll continue to update with additional information and important links. 2nd Update: 3rd Attack […]

When is it time to add more application monitoring?

Guest post by James Paden, Partner at Instrumental At Instrumental, we often talk about getting started with monitoring. In the past, we’ve covered the critical, but basic, metrics everyone needs on our Ultimate Monitoring Metrics Cheatsheet (many of which are gathered by out-the-box system and service monitoring). We also wrote the Quick-Start Guide to Monitoring […]