Free Linux Server Monitoring and APM solutions for SysAdmins

Today’s software applications require developers, testers, and SysAdmins to work together (DevOps) more seamlessly than ever before. A single line of code or poorly configured service can negatively impact your application’s performance, causing crippling slowdowns for end-users. This is where application performance monitoring (APM), comes in. APM is also referred to as application performance measurement or application performance management. […]

htop and top Alternatives: Glances, nmon

Previously we took a look at top, atop and indirectly (due to it’s popularity as top’s alternative) htop (the last screenshot on this page). But are there other alternatives worth looking at? As it pertains to system health and performance, this is largely a matter of preference regarding what data is most important to you. We […]

ATOP for Linux server performance analysis (Guide)

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

Logagent: The Swiss Army Knife for Log Processing?

Guest post by Stefan Thies DevOps Evangelist at Sematext Group Inc. Dealing with log files or extracting data from various data sources is a daily task in the IT administration. Users ask about statistics or details of their technical or business operations. The relevant data is often present in log files, databases or message queues. Converting […]

Increase Performance and lifespan of SSDs & SD Cards

SSDs (solid-state drives) and SD (Secure Digital) cards have a limited number of writes before they wear out. To get the most out of this storage type lets investigate, then make a few adjustments to maximize the life of your SSDs and SD cards. Article refreshed from 3 years ago.   Using iotop to monitor and minimize […]

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 Recently, I used a Linux benchmark script which was no longer maintained by the.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. […]

Generating Secure Passwords for your Linux Server

Very often sysadmins will have to setup new servers or harden existing server passwords during security audits. As a result, secure passwords have to be chosen for root, cPanel accounts, ftp, etc. There are many composite practices that make a server secure, but often overlooked is using secure passwords. Notice that SSH or MySQL root […]

‘Clean’ upgrade to PHP 7.* (CentOS / Debian / Ubuntu)

Earlier this year, I wrote a short article: 80% of the web powered by PHP. Also, in the article it was noted that more than 90% of PHP based websites are still using PHP 5. This remains true today. It must be said however, in the past 6 months, there’s been more upgrades to PHP 5.6 […]

PHP-FPM tuning: Using ‘pm static’ for max performance

Lets take a very quick look at how best to setup PHP-FPM for high throughput, low latency and a more stable use of CPU and memory. By default, most setups have PHP-FPM’s PM (process manager) string set to dynamic and there’s also the common advice to use ondemand if you suffer from available memory issues. However, lets compare the two management […]

Using CentOS CR (Continuous Release) Repo

CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) is a Linux distribution that attempts to provide free, enterprise-class, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). CentOS is run by volunteers who work directly with Red Hat’s RPM source files and pushing them to CentOS for release. At times the project will fall behind […]