Tag Archives: server

50 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions

August 6th 2017 Update: This list now contains 70 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions. Back in 2014, I compiled a list of the top 20 server performance monitoring solutions. Largely because I already had a list saved locally for my own reference. Sharing that list publicly was a great way to gain feedback and recommendations on […]

Does your Linux server need a RAM upgrade? Lets check with free, top, vmstat and sar.

Based on the output of ‘free -m’ on a 1GB VPS and taking into consideration the amount of swap space in use – details below – a RAM upgrade was necessary. Required was a minimum of 3GB of RAM multiplied by 2 = 6GB. This ensures that there’s adequate memory available for buffers/cache. There’s  This article will walk you though […]

How to direct-install Debian SID rolling release using mini.iso (w/ screenshots)

For desktop, I’ve always preferred rolling release distros such as Arch Linux or recently Kali Linux. However, currently I’m on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, which I rush-installed after an SSD failure last year. Ubuntu recently released 16.04 LTS which means at some point, I’ll need to perform an in-place upgrade or complete re-install to enjoy the newer […]

Panopta (exclusive offer) Get Two Free Months

Over the years Panopta has listened to customer feedback and continues to respond with additional development and improvements to their infrastructure, application and network performance monitoring tools. With Panopta you can easily keep an eye on the most fundamental metrics across your complex infrastructure so you can identify the root cause of problems. If you […]

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 […]

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 […]