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What Are the Advantages of Server monitoring?

Server Monitoring is a process to monitor server's system resources like CPU Usage, Memory Consumption, I/O, Network, Disk Usage, Process etc. Server Performance Monitoring helps understanding server's system resource usage which can help you better your capacity planning and provide a better end-user experience by making sure that the server usage is optimized and the performance is not affected.

It's very important to monitor the server because it is a central machine which hosts and controls the most vital elements of a network. All the nodes in the network would be rendered partially or wholly useless in case the server develops a snag. Server monitoring can be divided into various components which all need to be monitored. 

  • Firewall

  • Bandwidth

  • Router

  • Switch

  • Netflow Monitoring and Packet Sniffing

  • Network and VOIP monitoring

All these above mentioned factors need to be monitored for making sure that the network is always up and running. A fault in any of these would cause a server issue. The two most basic reasons for server monitoring are to troubleshoot any problems and to improve server performance, 

Troubleshooting the problems is a completely different task because unlike monitoring where you have to set benchmarks and define baseline parameters to measure and compare server performance against other metrics, troubleshooting has no prior planning requirements. Deciding on the performance metrics and other parameters is just the beginning and would follow with a monitoring plan. Comparing the baseline performance with real life performance will show whether the server is optimized or requires any reconfiguration or updates.   

After you establish the baseline metrics, you should have a monitoring plan ready for implementation. A comprehensive monitoring plan would at least include the following steps:

  1. Determining which server events should be monitored in order to help understand the performance issues, if any.

  2. Setting filters to reduce the amount of information collected so only the relevant information is collected and processed while other information is stored separately.

  3. Configuring monitors and alerts to watch the events which is the key to get the data.

  4. Logging the event data so that it can be analyzed and issues can be found before they become bigger problems.

  5. Analyzing the event data in Performance Monitor.

Now that we have established the purposes, need and the methodology of server monitoring, we would like to let you know that Motadata has a great tool which does all of the above mentioned and much more. Its an all in one solution which does server and network monitoring, log management and analysis and correlates, integrates and analyses all sorts of data that can be collected in any format. The intelligence developed by Motadata engineers has to be experienced to be believed. 

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