Hardware Performance Monitoring with SolarWinds Server & Application Monitor

Having multiple server hardware vendors, operating systems, and hypervisors in your IT environment means you need almost an equal number of system management tools. Switching between these tools to monitor and troubleshoot your systems is cumbersome and time consuming. Finding and isolating the root cause of issues goes much faster when you can view your hardware, operating system, and virtual infrastructure through a single dashboard.

Benefits of a single dashboard for monitoring hardware performance

Using one console to oversee your IT infrastructure improves the efficiency of your monitoring and troubleshooting efforts. As a result, you also experience:

  • Improved system performance
  • Faster identification and resolution of server and application problems
  • One-click remediation for common issues
  • Reduced IT infrastructure maintenance costs
  • More efficient service levels
Hardware health check software with SolarWinds server monitor.

Best practices for hardware performance monitoring

Servers often experience performance issues without warning—often resulting in costly downtime. Because your servers are critical to your IT infrastructure and overall business services, you need to continually monitor your server hardware health and performance. Server & Application Monitor gives you instant visibility to hardware health, operating system and virtual infrastructure performance across multiple vendors to include IBM® System X®, HP®, and Dell®.

Best practice 1: Monitor the CPU fan

If the CPU fan stops, the server will eventually overheat and either fail or shutdown to prevent serious damage to its components. You should monitor the CPU fan’s speed to make sure it doesn’t exceed the safe operating RPMs. Also, watch the fan’s historic RPM speed. A spike that lasts several minutes or hours indicates a serious issue (faulty AC, blocked fan vents, etc.).

Hardware monitoring best practice – CPU fan speed

Best practice 2: Monitor the power supply

To prevent a server outage or severe component damage, monitor the amperage, voltage, and wattage of the power supply according to the manufacturer’s recommended operating specifications.

Server health dashboard -- Amperage, voltage, and wattage.

Best practice 3: Monitor server temperature

Unusually high temperatures can adversely affect server performance and even cause permanent damage. Adding virtualization to your IT environment increases server density. It’s important to make sure the temperatures of both the server and virtual environment do not exceed the safe operating limit. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for the safe operating temperature.

You can use temperature measurements to plan and deploy virtual servers where appropriate. For example, you should not deploy a high-load Web or database server on a physical server that is approaching its temperature limit.

Server temperature monitoring dashboard.

In addition to the server temperature, monitor the temperature, air flow, and humidity of the physical space (datacenter, closet, etc.) where your server is housed. Faulty AC, improper air flow, and dangerous humidity levels can trigger server performance issues and operational failures.

Best practice 4: Monitor server resource capacity

In addition to monitoring server hardware health, watch your CPU, memory, and disk capacity. With a virtualized server, you need to understand the CPU, memory usage, and the load for the physical host of each virtual machine.

Use SolarWinds® Server & Application Monitor to view all of your server performance metrics. This way you can proactively monitor your environment and catch issues before they become major problems.

Server load and memory usage monitoring dashboard.

Additional Resources

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