What is iowait and how does it affect Linux performance?

I/O wait or iowait, wait, wa, %iowait, or wait% is often displayed by command-line Linux system monitoring tools such as top, sar, atop, and others. On its own, it’s one of many performance stats that provide us with an insight into Linux system performance. I/O wait came up in a recent discussion with a new client of […]

Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins – Part 2

Last week, I published part 1 of this five-part series entitled: Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins. That first article scratched the surface of what I believe are 50 to 100 commands used often by Linux Sysadmins and power users. Also, see Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Let’s jump into another set of commands and command-line […]

Linux Commands frequently used by Linux Sysadmins – Part 1

What are some of the Linux commands used by Sysadmins and power users daily? In this article, I’ve listed 10 such commands frequently used. Suggestions, and feedback welcome. Also, see Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. Some people consider Linux to be a complicated operating system, geared toward expert users only. However, as […]

20 Leading Companies Share How COVID-19 is Accelerating the Future of APM

One year ago, I asked 12 of the leading providers of application performance monitoring (APM) and other SaaS-based monitoring services: what will the future of APM look like in 2020?  They pointed to the rise of AIOps (Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations), Big Data, and Digital Experience Monitoring (DEM) as the core advancements in this space. […]

bashtop – the ‘cool’ top alternative.

Meet bashtop, an esthetically pleasing system monitor, written completely in Bash. Yup, you can view all 5000 lines of code, by simply opening /usr/bin/bashtop with a text editor or view on Github. Over the years, the available options for command-line system monitoring tools have grown quite a bit. There is top, htop, glances, nmon, ytop, gtop, vtop, and […]

Disable cron emails (solution)

Cron is a daemon that executes scheduled commands. More specifically, the software utility cron is a time-based job scheduler for Unix-like operating systems, like Linux. Cron can be used to set up jobs to run periodically at fixed times, dates, or intervals. Cron is an extremely powerful tool because just about anything that you are able […]

Home Lab Beginners guide – Hardware

Until recently, and for well over the past decade, my wife and I have been nomads. Moving from the Caribbean to Miami, New York, Las Vegas, Vancouver, and now back home. This has meant that for many of those years, my home office basically comprised of a few laptops and screens. These days, we are more […]

atop – For Linux server performance analysis

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

htop: Quick Guide & Customization

htop is an interactive system-monitor, but also a process-viewer, process-manager, strace tool and more. Sysadmins may opt to use htop in cases where Unix top does not provide enough information about system processes. htop uses a cursor-controlled interface for sending signals to processes. One example where this comes in handy is: you don’t have to type […]

Strip Down Apache to Improve Performance & Memory Efficiency

Can you believe that its been five eight 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 […]