Continuous system-performance monitoring advantages

There are several advantages to continuously monitoring system performance.

Continuous system performance monitoring can do the following:

  • Sometimes detect underlying problems before they have an adverse effect
  • Detect problems that affect a user's productivity
  • Collect data when a problem occurs for the first time
  • Allow you to establish a baseline for comparison

Successful monitoring involves the following:

  • Periodically obtaining performance-related information from the operating system
  • Storing the information for future use in problem diagnosis
  • Displaying the information for the benefit of the system administrator
  • Detecting situations that require additional data collection or responding to directions from the system administrator to collect such data, or both
  • Collecting and storing the necessary detail data
  • Tracking changes made to the system and applications