"Notified means armed". This phrase could be the best explanation of the importance of constant comprehensive server monitoring - including VPS or VDS. After all, thanks to well-constructed monitoring of hardware performance, you can avoid a huge number of problems. The hitch is only in the words "well-constructed", because VPS monitoring requires a thoughtful approach… And although this topic is very broad, there are some basic points that must be considered in our article!
It is a mistake to think that a problem with the server and therefore the website can be seen immediately when it occurs. Firstly, the situation is not always obvious. For example, everything can work, the server responses are correct, but the speed is low, and the site quietly, but steadily is losing visitors. And the reason for the slowdown can hide in the OS, web server, applications, etc. And secondly, and more importantly, you can't wait for the problem - it's better to detect it and fix it at the first "symptoms"! That's why server monitoring is not just checking to see if the servers are up and running. It is a more complex process for which different types of data are collected and analyzed.
You can monitor a variety of server parameters - even the rotation speed of the fans. But in reality, most users only need a relatively small list of metrics:
These four parameters are universal for VPS monitoring. But depending on the characteristics of a particular project should be selected individual set of analyzed characteristics - up to the work of the web server on Apache or Nginx, a MySQL database, Java applications, and much more.
If you want to do it manually, of course it is possible, but such a process is difficult to call efficient - nowadays there are enough means of automation. All of them are divided into two groups:
Choosing a utility or service is still somewhat easier than choosing a VPS, although you should still evaluate a certain list of points. The most important among them are the following:
Answers to this question, as in the case of setting up a VPS, are thousands on different forums. Although many of them are unique, there are not so many which can be called applicable to a specific project. We will highlight the top 5 recommendations applicable to any project:
As you can see, the task of remote server monitoring - complex, multi-faceted, but quite solvable. The main thing: to be sure of the reliability and stability of the equipment. And that is why you should entrust your project only to proven hosting companies - such as HostZealot. Our VPS server rental will please you with the price, quality and competent 24/7 technical support that will help you to solve any detected problems during monitoring!