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9 Key Apache Web Server Performance Metrics to Monitor


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9 Key Apache Web Server Performance Metrics to Monitor

Having recently celebrated its 20th birthday in 2015, Apache has a long and impressive record of dominating the web server space on the Internet. In a survey conducted in July of 2016 by Netcraft, Apache was reported to be the most popular server with 46.4% of market share. (https://news.netcraft.com/archives/2016/07/19/july-2016-web-server-survey.html)

If you’re reading this article, I suspect you’re an Apache user, and that you’re well acquainted with its stable nature, and modular architecture allowing it to be configured to meet a multitude of needs. As stable as Apache is, it is nevertheless important that users implement a robust monitoring system to ensure that the web server functions efficiently, and that potential problems are identified before they lead to fatal events.

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How to Monitor Redis Performance


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How to Monitor Redis Performance

The name Redis is derived from the phrase “REmote DIctionary Server.” The project is open-source, and is one of the most popular key-value databases in use today. The Redis dataset is stored entirely in memory, which allows it to function exceptionally fast, and the data is written to disk periodically to support persistence of the data if the memory is lost.

When using Redis as a data source for an application, it is important to ensure that the service remains both healthy and stable. The best way to do this is by developing and instituting a comprehensive monitoring plan. Development of such a plan and its implementation is the topic of this article. We’ll discuss what key metrics should be included in the plan and why, and we’ll conclude with a walkthrough of how to configure Redis to report its metrics to Librato, and how to view those metrics through a custom dashboard.

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