Linux Server Monitoring for Top Performance and User Experience
Linux servers are widely used by many enterprises to power critical applications in their data centers. Applications ranging from infrastructure services to databases and web servers to critical applications like SAP and CRM systems are hosted on Linux servers. Slowdowns can result in frustrated users, loss of productivity and increased support costs for the enterprise.
Why Monitor Every Aspect of Linux Server Performance?
When a Linux server slows down, administrators have to determine what is causing the slowdown: Could it be because of a hardware problem? Or could it be because of a malfunctioning application running on the server? Or could it be because the server is not sized correctly to handle the workload that it is seeing? If there is a bottleneck on the server, which resource is the bottleneck – is it CPU, or memory, or disk, or network?
To be able to effectively monitor Linux servers, administrators need access to metrics from every layer of the server. They should be able to compare performance across these layers to diagnose exactly where the performance bottleneck lies.
And although server monitoring is important, administrators also need to be able to look in-depth into application performance. For example, a Java application running on a Linux server may be taking up all of the CPU resources and slowing down the performance of other applications running on the server. To diagnose this problem, it is important for today's Linux monitoring tools to show why Java application is taking up CPU – i.e., which thread, which method and which line of code is responsible for the CPU usage.
eG Enterprise: Total Monitoring for Top Linux Server and Application Performance
eG Enterprise is a 100% web-based performance monitoring solution for Linux infrastructures. It includes out of the box support for all the different Linux variants including Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Ubuntu Linux, and CentOS. Using a web-based console, administrators can track the status of their heterogeneous Linux server farms, receive alerts when problems happen, view reports on historical performance, and plan the capacity of their server farms.
To monitor a Linux server, eG Universal Agent can be deployed on the server in a matter of minutes with very little configuration required. Agentless monitoring is also supported. Administrators can choose the servers to be monitored with agents (e.g., critical production servers) and those that can be monitored in an agentless manner (e.g., staging servers). Key features:
- Out-of-the-box support for all major Linux variants including Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Ubuntu Linux, and CentOS. For a complete list supported platforms, see "All Technologies"
- Choose either agent-based and agentless monitoring capabilities for each server in the infrastructure
- End-to-end visibility with low overhead on the target systems
- Use a single agent to monitor multiple services running on the same server.
- Auto-upgrading agents require minimal ongoing maintenance
- Extensive historical reports included for extensive, out-of-the-box analysis and planning
- Cost-effective monitoring of the target infrastructure through eG's flexible agent deployment and licensing model
Unified Monitoring: Ultimate Performance Management Flexibility
To monitor server hardware, eG Enterprise integrates with native hardware monitoring tools from all major hardware vendors – IBM, HP, Dell, and more. Every aspect of operating system performance – including the usage of key CPU, memory, disk and network resources are tracked, plus system logs.
The same agent that monitors the Linux server operating system can also be used to monitor applications running on the server. Apache web servers, Java application servers like JBoss, Tomcat, MySQL databases, etc., as well as commercial applications such as Oracle database servers, WebLogic or WebSphere application servers, SAP and more can also be monitored using eG Enterprise. For a complete list supported platforms, see "All Technologies."
Integrated Monitoring of Linux and Windows Servers
eG Enterprise uses a unique layer model representation to depict the performance of different layers of a Linux server (e.g., hardware, operating system, network, TCP/IP, application processes, etc.). A similar layer model representation is also used for other operating systems that eG Enterprise supports. This way, eG Enterprise provides a single pane of glass from where administrators can monitor multi-vendor data center servers from a single console and with a unified representation model. This greatly simplifies the monitoring and management of heterogeneous server farms.
Alerting and Reporting on Linux Server Performance
Baselines for all the key metrics are pre-defined in eG Enterprise based on industry standard best practices. eG Enterprise can also determine automatic thresholds for other metrics based on an analysis of past history. The actual metrics are compared with the thresholds to determine where the problems lie in the infrastructure.
With eG Enterprise in place, Linux administrators can start receiving alerts when a key process fails, a critical event is logged in the server log, or when a disk fills up.
eG Enterprise also provides extensive web-based reporting of all the collected metrics. Admins can receive periodic, detailed reports of the performance of their server farm without even logging into the console.
- Single-pane-of-glass Linux monitor, supporting all major variants
- Helps eliminate downtime and application slowdowns with automatic root-cause diagnosis and proactive alerts
- Lowers support costs
- 100% web-based architecture for anywhere-access
- Data analysis, trending, and reporting capabilities for future planning and increased Linux server ROI
Why eG? One Monitor to Manage All of IT.
- eG Enterprise is the only single pane-of-glass, virtualization-aware, auto-diagnostic performance monitor
- Only eG Enterprise automatically provides actionable answers to performance issues, wherever they originate
- Get visibility across every tier of the physical and virtual infrastructure
- Automate the identification of performance issues with patented correlation-intelligence technology
- Pinpoint where urgent problems originate and exactly what tiers and processes are being affected
- Ensure a great user experience and dramatically improve IT efficiency