In today’s hectic digital world the need for fast and effective network monitoring is beyond important, it is a critical component of daily life. Whether you are a small company or a massive one, the need to know how your network is performing has been proven out to be a lifeline component of your business and it’s success. The heartbeat of your IT world is your servers. If they stop functioning, or even just stop performing at optimum levels, it will very quickly hit you where it hurts most, your bottom line!
So let’s take a look at what the 5 “must-haves” are in regards to your server monitoring.
CPU Monitoring – Processing power is the backbone of your business’s ability to run your online business. Whether it is your own hardware or that of your host service, it is critical to always have this performing at the highest most efficient levels. CPU monitoring allows you to set specific CPU thresholds so that you get alerted if your machine’s CPU utilization reaches that critical level. This enables you to know ahead of any service impact that you will need to take steps to maintain the high service levels you want to be supplying your customers. You may have to add hardware, reschedule lengthy processes or search out some underlying issue. The key is knowing that you have an issue before it becomes truly problematic.
Memory – Memory monitoring allows you setting RAM thresholds so that you get alerted if your machine’s RAM utilization reaches some critical level preset by you. This applies to both Windows and Linux machines, but with Linux you can also exercise the option to either include buffer and cache memory or not. If your RAM is getting consumed too fast you will need to react so that your machine doesn’t grind to a halt or not have enough memory to do what you need.
Drive – Drive monitoring allows you to set hard drive space thresholds so that you get alerted if your machine’s hard drive utilization reaches a critical level. Server disk space is a critical resource that you need to always be monitoring. If the available disk space in your servers drops below a certain level you will start experiencing the horrors of errors, lost data and downtime. By having your networks server disks monitored you can see how quickly they are being consumed and take the appropriate actions to ensure quality service.
Bandwidth – Bandwidth monitoring allows you to monitor your network interface and set thresholds so that you get alerted if any of the below metrics reaches some critical level preset by you:
- Input traffic speed (B/sec)
- output traffic speed (B/sec)
- Number of Sent error packets
- Received error packets
- Number of Sent dropped packets
- Received dropped packets
Analyze the traffic performance across your network and make sure you never experience service slowdowns and degradation due to bandwidth bottlenecks. Monitor now, see the performance and pro-actively manage and you and your customers will all be happy.
Disk/IO – Disk I/O monitoring allows you to monitor Read and Write operations of logical disks on your machine and set thresholds so that you get alerted if any of the metrics below reaches a critical level:
- Reads/sec – the rate of read operations on the disk.
- Writes/sec – the rate of write operations on the disk
- Queue length – the number of requests outstanding on the disk at the time the performance data is collected.
- Busy time – the percentage of elapsed time that the selected disk drive was busy servicing read or write requests.
The bottom line of your server monitoring is that it is there to warn you of the health and performance of the very core of your network. The 5 foundation points covered above are the “must have” of your server monitoring. In addition to these you will need to also take a look at the monitors listed below and see which ones will aid you in maintaining and managing your IT infrastructure to the highest performance levels.
- Process Monitoring
- Windows Service Monitoring
- System Events Monitoring
- SNMP Monitoring
- Ping Monitoring
- HTTP and HTTPS Monitoring
Outfit your monitoring system with specifically what you need and be alerted whenever there is an issues. Then you can relax knowing that everything is being watched, and watched all the time, automatically.