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Practical Linux Infrastructure by Syed Ali

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CHAPTER 7

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Monitoring with Nagios and Trend Analysis with Cacti

Monitoring is perhaps one of the most important pieces of infrastructure management. When systems go down, monitoring should alert the site reliability engineers (SREs) so they can investigate the service affected and try to bring the system back online. After that, a root cause analysis should be conducted and actions should be taken to prevent similar issues in the future. Ideally, monitoring will alert about issues before they cause a service outage.

Trend analysis is being able to view historical and current metrics on a given application or a system. Trend analysis can help in ...

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