Importance of real-time server performance alerts

Automated server alerts are crucial for effectively monitoring the performance of your server environment. With the help of SysKit’s real-time server alerts, you can quickly spot problems in your infrastructure and minimize service disruptions. SysKit also saves you time by eliminating the need to manually conduct continuous metric inspections. Incorrectly setting your server performance alerts can lead to unwanted noise and losing sight of urgent issues, which is where SysKit’s intelligent alerts come in handy.

Intelligent server performance alerts and early warnings

SysKit provides intelligent server alerting, thus avoiding unnecessary notifications and enabling you to identify and stop potential problems at early stages. For example, when resource usage is too high, the number of sessions on a server is nearing its limit, or critical services on servers have stopped or crashed, SysKit will notify you via an alert, try to automatically fix the problem, and report on the success of any actions taken.

When you set up thresholds using SysKit, you can view early warning metrics that show whether there is a high possibility that a serious problem will develop soon. With CPU and memory usage it’s not likely that this will happen, but it can in other areas, such as disk space. When your disk space fills up slowly you can react and make necessary changes, but when it runs out of space, it’s only a matter of seconds before your system completely stops. Believe it or not, despite the low costs associated with expanding disk space today, insufficient space is still the most prevalent cause of server stoppages. Setting up server performance alerts for those types of cases can help you prevent serious system issues.

Server performance alerts prioritization

Not all server performance alerts carry the same degree of priority. Some of them require immediate intervention, while others are easy to defer. When setting up alerts, be aware of their priority levels and possible problems. For example, a peak in memory usage can appear to be an issue and trigger an alert, but it’s not likely to be symptomatic of real issues.

SysKit can automatically classify and prioritize server performance alerts by analyzing the performance counter values for each server and comparing them with warning or critical thresholds. A simulated neural network is used to calculate the server’s alert level, classifying alerts as high, medium, or low priority. SysKit records your changes and uses the obtained information to determine priority levels for similar alerts that might occur in the future.

Alert types in SysKit

SysKit provides you with three server alert types: performance alerts, session alerts, and service alerts.

Performance Alerts

Performance Alerts notify you of servers with performance counters that have crossed the warning or critical thresholds and their values. They are the lowest level counters, which mean they’re most likely to point to a serious problem.

Session Alerts

Session Alerts list servers where the number of sessions has crossed the warning or critical threshold and their counts. These alerts are useful for tracking server loads due to the number of users.

Service Alerts

Service Alerts warn you of servers with essential services that have stopped working. Depending on the options configured, they also show whether SysKit successfully restarted these services.

Download SysKit 30-day trial now to receive server alerts the moment they happen! We always welcome customers’ suggestions, and we develop application updates based on this feedback. If you would like to see a specific feature in future SysKit releases, please feel free to suggest it. You can contact our support team with any questions.