25 Best CDN Providers 2020

A content delivery network, also referred to as a content distribution network (CDN) is a geographically distributed network of data centers containing proxy servers. CDN Providers serve Internet content, including web objects (text, graphics and scripts), downloadable objects (media files, software, documents), applications (e-commerce, portals), live streaming media, etc… closer to and thus faster, to end users. Some of the main advantages […]

Cache Everything (Full Page Cache) to global CDN Locations

Ask yourself, if this page didn’t load almost immediately, but instead there was a blank white page for a few seconds, would you stick around? Around half of web users leave, if it takes longer than 3 seconds to load a web page. Two years ago I used Cloudflare’s Page Rules, more specifically the “Cache everything” […]

Top Serverless Monitoring Tools + Serverless Resources

Technology continues to evolve and solutions for hosting applications continue to expand. One such method of application hosting that has been growing in popularity is Serverless Computing.   What is Serverless Computing? Put simply, Serverless Computing, is a cloud-computing execution model managed by cloud providers who run the servers hosting your application. Therefore, instead of […]

50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Monitoring Tools

Back in 2014, I compiled a list of top server and application performance monitoring solutions. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on other tools available. In time that list grew from 20 to over 100 server monitoring and APM solutions! Because of its growing size, I’ve created below, a smaller, more […]

Choosing the right infrastructure technology for your application

Your infrastructure is the backbone of your application; knowing what works best for the application you’re running is the first step towards an efficient application and costs which fit your budget. With an ever-growing number of new infrastructure options, it can be hard to choose the best option for your application, and it often requires […]

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

June 17th 2019: Added instructions for network speed test using speedtest-cli script. Oct 31st 2017: Also see this list of command line scripts. Nov 2nd 2016: Included quick dd commands to check cached vs uncached disk read performance. This article will highlight using the ‘dd’ Unix command for a quick benchmark of your Linux server or VPS. […]

Linux benchmark scripts and tools

This list of Linux benchmark scripts and tools should prove useful for quick performance check of CPU, storage, memory and network on Linux servers and VPS. Recently, I used a Linux benchmark script which was no longer maintained by the. As a result, I compiled this quick list of scripts and tools for Linux benchmarking. […]

Measure Linux web server memory usage correctly

Important update: This article was originally posted back in 2014. However, as I later posted in 2017 in the blog post Does your Linux server need a RAM upgrade? Lets check with free, top, vmstat and sar …there was a Linux kernel change to address this in 2016. (Hopefully, this change will motivate New Relic and others to follow […]

Is Cloudflare Argo worth it?

Cloudflare Argo reduces network latency on average by 35% and connection errors by 27%. Traditional network technologies use static routing information which can be slower and often use congested paths. Slow loading times and connection timeouts increase the likelihood of poor user experience. The Cloudflare company routes 10% of all HTTP/HTTPS Internet traffic. This provides […]