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How to maintain your server’s performance

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There’s server maintenance, preventative measures, and then just a few smart moves that you can take to stop the downfall of your server. It’s likely that you want to avoid crashes, equipment burnout, and reduce the amount of time that your staff or yourself spend sorting through log messages. The good news is that there are many ways you can keep your server in peak condition.

Distribute Your Information Physically

One of the primary reasons why people are turning to large scale, or third-party server solutions, is because they physically distribute their servers and information. So, for example, you can save chunks of your data in the northern corner of the United States, some more in the south, and a bit on the west coast.

Then should a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake hit, you will end up having less downtime. Spreading your technology and data around makes it easier for your servers to bounce-back and run back at top efficiency.

Archive the Unimportant

The argument is that it’s all-important. Ideally, you’ll have massive amounts of data to guide your decision making and establish trends. But there is definitely data that you don’t need. Anything that hasn’t been opened in a determined time frame needs to be archived. Not archiving data can put a huge strain on your server’s performance.

To implement this process of archiving old data, you’ll need a lifecycle map. Have a system where you gather and then archive files after they sit untouched for so long. For some companies, this is years or just a few months.

Use a Load Balancer

Load balancers have come a long way. Real-time load balancers will help meter and direct traffic so that it goes to the best performing center. That said, you can accomplish this with an HAProxy logging system, which is a versatile logging system. If your site has even a moderate amount of traffic, you’ll need to manage the many requests and messages that come in constantly.

A load balancer acts as a meter to ensure that there isn’t anyone particular server being overworked. It also creates more performance reliability in that your servers handle a routine amount of traffic regularly, and the balancer can distribute traffic according to the stress and performance of each server in use.

Work on Improving Your Organization

It’s one of those, “goes with saying” issues that really doesn’t go without saying. Yes, everyone should have some degree of organization with their work. But, for those familiar with IT, or even running a site at home, it’s difficult to manage. Aside from managing the handling and storage of your data, make a plan for other aspects of your server’s performance as well.

Schedule a review of your equipment so you can spot issues weeks ahead of time, or track when you need to upgrade your software. Simply having a calendar for these events can allow you to continue to improve performance rather than putting out fires whenever an unforeseen issue arises.

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