Tag Archives: server

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

November 9th 2017 update: 70 100 Top Server Monitoring & Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Solutions. August 6th 2017 update: 50 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 […]

Linux top: Here’s how to customize it

The top program provides a dynamic real-time view of a running system. It can display system summary information as well as a list of processes or threads currently being managed by the Linux kernel. The types of system summary information shown and the types, order and size of information displayed for processes are all user […]

Strip Down Apache to Improve Performance & Memory Efficiency

Can you believe that its been 5 years since the release of Apache 2.4?! Still, most Apache based web servers continue to run Apache version 2.2 or even 2.0. This is understandable for the same reasons why Apache web servers are still used more than Nginx… compatibility, official support and features. If you haven’t replaced Apache […]

Linux Performance: Why You Should Almost Always Add Swap Space

We know that using swap space instead of RAM can severely slow down the performance of Linux. So then, one might ask, since I have more than enough RAM available, wouldn’t it better to remove swap space completely? The short answer is, No. There are performance benefits when swap is enabled, even when you have more than enough […]

PHP Performance: Additional CPU cores vs faster CPU cores

Just over a week ago I received a contact form email detailing slow performance issues with a LAMP (Linux, Apache MySQL, PHP) web server. During the audit phase, I found that the server’s load average was pretty idle. However, the website was indeed very slow. Among a slew of other issues and misconfigurations, one aspect of […]

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

Oct 31st 2017: Here’s a list of command line scripts for Linux VPS/Server benchmarking. 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 overview and benchmark of your Linux server or VPS. ‘dd’ requires no downloads and can quickly alert […]

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 […]