When working with network systems, it is essential to ensure that the network is always at peak performance. This is done through performance monitoring of the system to ensure certain aspects like the uptime, page load speed, and other critical factors are working as required. However, sometimes the hardware may also fail to cause disruptions in the network.
Most system administrators focus on checking the operation of the network and forget the hardware. This means that they have to go through the entire system to tell what has failed and why to regain peak performance. It is always recommended that hardware monitoring is done together with performance monitoring of the network to ensure smooth running.
The market is flooded with performance tools promising businesses everything, even the impossible. However, path hardware monitoring provides the necessary checks to keep a business network running as expected. Here are some hardware monitoring aspects for monitoring to keep a system in check.
5 Network System Hardware Features for Monitoring
The CPU- the central processing unit is the heart of the computer and should therefore always be monitored since it controls the running of the unit. The CPU should record very high loads in percentages for optimal performance. If the CPU is recording loads of over 75%, it might be time to upgrade the servers and the machines.
Disks – the disks are essential in ensuring that the machines have the required storage and that they are in order. If the disks fail, then it might be hard to record important data and even access data stored in the computer. It could also lead to loss of data from the systems. The disks should have enough space for cache, writing temporary data and for running processes.
Random Access Memory– the RAM should also be monitored to ensure that the systems are in proper working order. RAM allows for faster access of processes by the servers and machines. It is therefore essential that the RAM does not run out. If it does run out, the machine uses the hard disk as virtual memory which slows down the system.
Power Supply– the power supply provides the power to the systems so they can run efficiently. If the power supply fails, the system will be disrupted which can cause failure in other parts of the network. It is therefore imperative that the power system is checked and aspects as the wattage, voltage, and amperage monitored.
Temperature – very high temperatures in the system can cause damage to the motherboard and the internal circuits of the servers. High temperatures also cause the machines to slow down or even shut down as they try to get the temperatures down to normal.
The CPU fan should, therefore, be running smoothly for the temperatures to stay low. The air flow around the machine should be enhanced, and if the environment is too hot, external fans can be used to cool the servers.
With all these and other hardware monitoring aspects in check, the system will always be able to maintain peak performance.
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