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  • Writer's pictureAysha Shafiq - Enterprises Tele Sales & Marketing

Best practices for Monitoring Virtual Servers

The process of gaining visibility into the activities on your servers, whether physical or virtual, is known as server monitoring. Servers are equipment (or, increasingly, programs) that store and process data that is made available on-demand to other devices, applications, or users. Server monitoring is necessary for optimal server performance and to ensure that your business is not disrupted.

It aids in the detection of server performance issues such as response latency, resource use, and application downtime. It also aids capacity and efficiency planning by allowing managers to see how much system resource is being used on the server.

Why server monitoring crucial for your business

Even if some businesses have never had a major service outage, it's still a good idea to invest in a server monitoring program to detect downtime. It is feasible to diagnose problems before they spiral out of control by doing so.

Server monitoring ensures that administrators are aware of the present state of their servers and whether they are capable of hosting mission-critical applications. It gives you a complete picture of your system's current state, as well as its performance – whether it's operating or not.

Why is it important to monitor server performance?

Virtualization has become an integral aspect of IT infrastructure in the form of virtual servers as a result of the migration to cloud technologies. Part of this is due to the significant risk of consolidating programs on a single physical server, which creates a single point of failure and can affect the server and its network connection.

Virtual servers, like physical servers, can fall down. If this happens, all of your hosted business applications will be unavailable, which can have a significant negative impact on your organization and potentially result in financial losses.

To avoid such downtime, you must regularly monitor your whole IT infrastructure to maintain the functionality and health of your virtual environment.

• To keep track of server uptime and data loss.

• To keep an eye on the server's responsiveness.

• To understand the server's capacity, user load, and speed.

• To proactively detect and avoid any faults that may affect the server.

Here are some best practices for monitoring server availability, data loss, and server responsiveness:

1. Leverage VM monitoring and management automation

Using automation to monitor and maintain virtual servers can help your organization save time and focus on essential IT Infrastructure issues at the team level.

2. Create performance baselines and tasks

It's critical to establish a baseline for each criterion of a virtual server setup in order to determine the server's overall health. Not only will having a well-curated and mapped baseline with a pre-defined set of metrics assist your company to evaluate resource use, but it will also make it easier to set standards that can be compared against.

3. Identify the benefits of virtualization that can be eliminated by Zombie VMS

The main source of VM Sprawl is zombie VMs, which can have a detrimental impact on the performance of your virtual servers. VM sprawl can also expose security flaws.

It's advisable to decommission zombie VMs completely once they've been discovered. The easiest strategy to combat zombie VMs is to conduct regular priority checks on your data center infrastructure.

4. Give similar importance to monitoring virtual and non-virtual server traffic

Treat virtual server traffic in the same way as non-virtual server traffic is treated. The greatest danger at an organizational level would be to avoid deprioritizing virtual host monitoring.

5. Keep enough hardware resources for upgrades in host servers

The physical host server's configuration is determined by the requirements and functionality of the guest virtual machine servers. The virtual servers should be able to perform services without any problems if the host has appropriate hardware resources.

FITS is already working with Motadata to provide monitoring services to help enterprises track and prevent any risks from entering their network. Motadata NMS is a server monitoring solution that monitors any anomalies and provides security to an organization's complete IT systems. It sends important notifications to the appropriate personnel, allowing stakeholders to rest assured that their business applications are running safely.

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