Tag Archives: sysadmins

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 […]

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 […]

PHP performance: oPcache Control Panels

OPcache is a PHP extension which improves PHP performance by storing precompiled script bytecode in shared memory, thereby removing the need for PHP to load and parse scripts on each request. The extension is built-in for PHP 5.5+ …but, if you are looking to improve PHP performance, the first step should be to use PHP 7+ which […]

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 […]

MySQL Performance Tuning: Tips, Scripts and Tools

With MySQL, common configuration mistakes can cause serious performance problems. In fact, if you mis-configure just one of the many config parameters, it can cripple performance! (see examples) Of course, the performance of MySQL is often tied greatly to the efficiency of your MySQL queries. It’s important to ensure that your performance issues are not […]

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 […]

80% of the web powered by PHP

Today, PHP is used by more than 80% of all the websites whose server-side programming language we know. Popular websites such as Facebook, Wikipedia, WordPress.com, Tumblr and this website are all powered by PHP. With such a large share of the web, it may or may not surprise you that more than 90% of PHP based websites […]

Accelerate Time to Value for Log Analytics with the Oracle Management Cloud

Guest post by Philip Brown, Director of Cloud Strategy @ Red Stack Tech. Oracle Management Cloud is the latest innovation from Oracle, a unique on-premise and in cloud suite of monitoring, management and analytics services, meeting the individual needs of each business. This unified suite enables you to improve IT stability, prevent application outages, increase DevOps […]