Site/App Performance

Graphing the Heartbeat of Your Server

There is a lot we’ve done to make ServInt’s SolidFire-powered Cloud VPS and Cloud Dedicated hosting platform the most significant evolution of Cloud hosting technology in many years — the elimination of noisy neighbors, the transition to an all SSD cloud storage solution, and most recently, the implementation of a hosting-industry first: a Site Performance Guarantee that promises your site will never slow down because of a drop in available RAM, CPU, disk or read write operations per second (IOPS).

What is behind this guarantee — and the verification and proof that you’re receiving the performance you’ve been promised — is the proprietary analytics tool that we’ve introduced to support our Site Performance Guarantee.

If you’re a Cloud VPS or Dedicated customer, these resource graphs are available in your customer portal. They give you total transparency into all your critical server resources, showing not just how much CPU, RAM, disk, IOPS, and network resources you’re using, but also tracking how much you’re guaranteed and currently allotted.

Never before has a virtual server been so transparent.

So, just what do these graphs include?

all resources outAll Resources

The first graph is the All Resources graph. It plots the major resources by percentage used including CPU, RAM, IOPS and disk. This graph gives users a great snapshot of server resource usage. As usage heads towards 100% it’s time to think about optimizing your code or upgrading your hardware.

cpu graph basicCPU Cores

Just try getting a straight answer on how many CPU cores you are guaranteed (let alone how many you are using at any point) from another host. If you’re a SolidFire customer, our CPU Core graphs will show you your guaranteed cores, the cores you’re currently allotted beyond your guarantee, and the cores you’re using at any given time. ServInt’s Cloud VPS means unprecedented transparency into CPU core guarantees and usage.

RAM graph basicRAM

If you know your Unix, you can run a FREE command and find out how much memory you are using at any given moment, but can you look back on historical trends over days, weeks or months? With ServInt RAM graphs we show you how much active RAM your Cloud VPS is using, how much cache RAM the server is filling with recently used data, and how much RAM has been allocated to you. Understanding the relationship between active RAM use and the ability for your server to cache data in unused RAM is central to understanding when a server is slowing down due to a lack of memory.

IOPS graph basicIOPS

ServInt’s Cloud VPS, powered by SolidFire is the only small- to medium-business hosting platform to guarantee a set number of IOPS (Input Output operations Per Second) for each customers. IOPS contention and its associated consequence — site slowdowns from “noisy neighbors” — is the dirty secret of cloud. Only ServInt’s Cloud VPS has a solution to the noisy neighbor problem for cloud hosting customers.

With ServInt server resource graphing, you can see exactly how many IOPS you have guaranteed at any time and how many you are using. Never again worry about mysterious site slowdowns from the activities of someone else in the cloud.

disk 1Disk Space and Inodes

How fast are you consuming disk space? Is it time to consider purging redundant folders or increasing your storage capacity? ServInt’s disk space and disk inode graphs allow you to see how your disk usage tracks over time. And with built-in historical graphing, you can look back to search for any jumps in disk usage that may have been avoidable.

traffic 1Network Traffic and Packets

How much traffic are you pushing out over the Internet? If you see an ever-increasing amount of traffic and you’re running WordPress, maybe you’re not caching images effectively. Is traffic into your server spiking? This can indicate many things (including — in extreme cases — a DDoS attack). Use our network traffic and network packets graphs to measure and track the traffic into and out of your server.

unix load 1Unix Load Average

For the hard-core admins, we’d included graphs of the esoteric, but often demanded, Unix Load Average. Track the load your running and runnable processes are putting on your cpu.

To find your server resource graphs

Simply visit the Products section of your customer portal and select “Manage” for the server you are interested in tracking. In the drop-down, select “Resource Graphs” to view your complete server resource graphs.

ServInt’s Cloud VPS, powered by SolidFire, is the first truly transparent hosting infrastructure. Our server resource graphs allow you to see inside your server. No more wondering whether your hardware or software is the cause of site slowdowns. No more guessing about how much of your resource pool you’re using and when you’ll need to upgrade.

With ServInt’s Cloud VPS and server resource graphs, we’ve put the power in your hands.

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  1. We posed your question to one of our engineers who built the graphing system and here is what he had to say:
  2. Anthony, Thanks for the thoughts. As a Flex dedicated (or Flex VPS) customer, you get access to the disk space, disk inodes and network traffic graphs. In the dedicated realm, all SolidFire dedicated customers get access to the full suite of graphs.
  3. Being a flex dedicated customer, I would really like to see these graphs on the dedicated servers. Whilst I use a dedicated server, I'm not a linux guru or server tech, and all I want is to be able to look at exactly the above type graphs for my server to see how CPU, RAM and Disk operations are going, and whether server peaks are nearing my resources and such, to help me gauge and provide my users ongoing quality service to my site, without being shocked suddenly because my server is maxing out during peak periods and such. Really need this simplicity across all flex servers. Just my two cents.
    Anthony Parsons /
  4. Excellent news re "lighter weight". I run Munin, but sigh a bit when seeing the resources it can use.
  5. "ServInt’s SolidFire SSD VPS and server resource graphs put the power in your hands."
  6. Those are some great questions! The short answer is that we've built our tools to be much "lighter weight" than Munin, MRTG, etc. Our graphs do not sap processing power from your server. Second, we've built a tool that both customers and our MST have access to. But the explanations go on. Stay tuned to the ServInt Source for a follow-up post that details more about how and why our resource graphing tools were designed and built.
  7. RT @servint: With ServInt's resource graphing, never before has a virtual server been so transparent." #SolidFire
  8. RT @servint: With ServInt's resource graphing, never before has a virtual server been so transparent." #SolidFire
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  9. With ServInt's resource graphing, never before has a virtual server been so transparent." #SolidFire
  10. Great read. I am curious to know what's proprietary about these graphs given that so many open source tools exist (Munin, MRTG, Nagios etc.) that show similar stats - that these different tools have been customized into one application for ServInt? If you could update this article to highlight how these graphs remove the need and costs for running such multiple resource monitoring systems, customers and prospects would probably appreciate the value of these stats even better.
  11. Never again wonder how much of your server's resources you're consuming.
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