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Monitoring origins: Where we are today

Continuing on our last blog post Monitoring origins: Where it all began, in this post, we’ll be discussing the most popular monitoring setups currently used by IT technicians around the world. Today, TSDBs dominate the monitoring world. TSDBs are specialized databases designed to store large amounts of time-indexed data. We can say that both RRD and...

Monitoring origins: Where it all began

Today's monitoring systems have many features to help you get all of the data you need. However, it wasn't always like that; tools were limited, offered no metrics and were hard to deploy and maintain. In this post, we'll take a look at the history of monitoring tools. With almost 20 years of experience in...

How to reduce IT infrastructure costs

In the current global crisis, companies have to cut down costs as much as possible. Laying off employees or overhauling the production process is extremely hard, and not always the best choice. Companies tend to look at non-essentials, where IT infrastructure often falls, especially for non-IT companies. To help you find ways to reduce...

Puppet – nearly a decade long friendship

Puppet is an open-core configuration management tool that significantly simplifies infrastructure management, especially when sysadmins have to deal with a large number of servers. Essentially, with its declarative language, Puppet allows sysadmins to describe the desired system state in high-level terms - e.g. users, installed packages, enabled services, configuration files, etc. Puppet then compares desired with...

Static website vs dynamic website: a sysadmin’s perspective

Every website can be categorized as either static or dynamic. In this post, we’re going to define a dynamic website as one that needs server-side processing to function, while a static website as one that serves the same content for all users. Another way of looking at it is that the content of a...

HAProxy – sysadmin’s swiss army knife

HAProxy is a free, open-source, high-performance TCP/HTTP load balancer. HAProxy has been around since 2001, it's written in C programming language, and it uses an insignificant amount of memory and CPU resources, even with very advanced manipulations on HTTP traffic. It's also very secure, having only fifteen security issues during the last seven years. Four...

Webshop migration

If you decided it’s time to invest in a new and improved infrastructure, you’re probably wondering how to do a webshop migration without knocking it offline. To help you with this process, we’ve described how we prepare for the webshop migration, what steps do we take to ensure everything goes smoothly and how we...

Monitoring PHP applications

When considering PHP applications monitoring, it’s essential to monitor not only the application itself but the services on which the application depends, as well as the infrastructure hosting the application. Detecting performance bottlenecks and debugging problems can otherwise be very tricky, and unexpected downtime may occur. Infrastructure monitoring Our advanced monitoring system is partially based on...