Aug 212012
 

This is an article of mine, first published on Wazi

Every organization must monitor its infrastructure’s uptime and performance. While the popular Nagios application is a good general-purpose monitoring program that you can extend with plugins to handle just about any task, you may do even better by employing Cacti as a graphical front end to RRDTool‘s data logging and graphing functionality. Cacti was developed specifically to monitor and collect performance information, while Nagios is more oriented toward state changes, such as noting whether a daemon is up or down.

RRDTool stores all of the necessary information to create graphs and populate them with data in a MySQL database. Cacti provides templates to gather and show information such as system load (CPU, RAM, disks), users connected, MySQL load, and Apache load, all of which can affect the performance of your site.

Cacti’s front end is completely PHP-driven. It supports data gathering via different methods such as scripts in any language and SNMP.

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Oct 112011
 

I’m usually for the old school methods: go down to the terminal and get all the information you need from there, terminal don’t tells lies.
But i also understand that with the cheap price that i see around for the VPS more people are starting to use Linux VPS for their service, and a graphical dashboard can be really useful for many VPS owner.

In a former article i’ve wrote about 4 software that can help you in the management of your Linux server, today we’ll see a simple tool that can be used to know via your browser the status to all of your servers.

The software it’s Status2K

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