Maintaining high server performance and appropriate scale to keep up with growing computing demands doesn't happen automatically. Data center administrators must continuously track performance and make the most of hardware resources. There are ways in which IT professionals can simplify server management at top performance.
Benchmark testing helps administrators monitor server resources, manage utilization, optimize performance and identify problems before they occur. Simple server configuration tweaks can squeeze more performance out of physical and virtual machines (VMs).
This guide covers best practices for benchmark testing with valuable tips from data center experts on how to improve server performance.
1Select the right server-
Serving different data center needs
The data center needs to run applications, which means the right servers for the right workloads need to be in place. Just as important as raw performance data is how different server architectures handle tasks.
The four B's of server performance
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3In the toolbox-
Benchmark testing tool choices
Benchmark testing establishes baseline performance expectations, tracks system performance over time, plans virtualization capacity and manages server resources and performance. Benchmarks identify potential performance problems and future capacity needs.
Server monitoring tools track utilization and bottleneck-causing issues within your environment. Some are better for physical hardware metrics, others read virtualization metrics better, and some fall in the middle. How do you choose which is best? Continue Reading
4Get useful benchmarks-
Benchmark testing strategies, best practices
When conducted properly and consistently, good benchmark testing can provide valuable information that admins can use to improve server performance.
Server benchmark testing is one piece of an overall plan to ensure the data center performs well for the business. This checklist of key performance indicators helps tailor your operations along with business priorities over time. Continue Reading
5A well-oiled machine-
Optimize server performance
Fine-tuning server configurations and eliminating bottlenecks can lead to substantial performance gains with minimal expense. Ensuring that systems are set up correctly is especially important with virtualized infrastructures. Performance options sometimes come with trade-offs, such as cooling problems or increased energy consumption.
By adjusting BIOS settings, administrators can ensure their servers are running at peak performance. Optimize these settings for significant gains in computing power, but be aware that changing some BIOS settings could compromise system stability or augment overheating problems. Continue Reading