Performance monitoring usually centers on the high-profile areas of your environment: your storage, network and security devices, your Oracle databases, middleware and Java/.NET applications.

Don’t forget about the physical layer that underpins them all.

Most of the focus is on virtual machines. Gartner estimates that more than 70 percent of server OS instances are virtualized (rising to 82% by 2018), so they get a lot of attention in the data center. But the remainder are physical servers running operating systems that support your applications, databases and networks.

Monitoring the performance of your physical servers is a big part of intelligent server monitoring, which bases alerts on analytics, captures the full call stack for every transaction and uses intelligent agents to gather application and transaction data.

Intelligent server monitoring assists in troubleshooting, provides forensic information and targets performance problems before they get out of hand.

Monitoring tips

Here are several tips for monitoring at all levels:

  • Set clear objectives: Decide what must be monitored.
  • Build monitoring foundations: Create useful dashboards that expose critical information at a glance.
  • Remember scale: Plan for growth of the monitored environment.
  • Define alerts: Create alerting mechanisms that are easy to understand.
  • Explain: Incorporate documentation, help screens and resources to educate.
  • Take appropriate measures: Ensure that alerts trigger actions.

Anji Logistics is a Chinese logistics company serving automotive and parts manufacturers. Read the case study Logistics firm speeds up supply chain efficiency with performance monitoring to see how its IT team successfully monitors physical host computers running Microsoft Windows, IBM AIX, Oracle Solaris, HPUX and Linux. They track activities including CPU usage by the operating system, memory usage by application, file system activity and network throughput. The IT team can now make immediate technical diagnoses and eliminate failures.

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