Performance bottlenecks are sure to slow down a functional computer or server system. The term bottleneck in the tech-world refers to a network that is overstressed or overloaded. It is also used to refer to a computing device whereby a component is not able to keep the speed with other devices in the system, therefore slows down in performance. Solving bottleneck calls for restoring the system to its optimum functionality. However, to fix the issue, you first need to identify the component that is not performing in your system. While most performance bottleneck will often lay in the Memory, Disk, the CPU and the Network, there are many more places that the bottleneck can hide. Here are just a few places to check when faced with a painfully-slow performance.
Many people often blame the network for harboring performance bottlenecks however in the end; it does not turn out to be true. It can pose a performance slowdown only if there is a component that is failing, such as a hardware breakdown, a damaged switch port, a spoilt network card router, a bad cable etc. Ensure you check all these and if they are all functioning well, then the slowdown is likely to lay elsewhere. A poorly coded application presents itself as a hardware problem. This is a fact that most developers hate to hear. They can throw something at you. When there is a performance issue, sometimes it may not be because of systems, but the problem can be because of a poorly coded applications. Ensure you purchase your applications from a reputable vendor as they often test the performance of their applications before they release them in the market. You can also hire a professional application monitoring company like Apica systems and bid performance bottlenecks due to applications goodbye.
Ensure your workload is evenly distributed. You need not add more workload to an already ‘tired’ system as this overstretches it and leads to its collapse. Ensure you regularly measure the capacity as well as the performance of your system. Be keen on moving the excess workload to a less loaded system. Also, you may need to add more systems and always regularly monitor a system’s performance. The choice of your file system is likely to affect your system’s performance. A JFS file system for instance uses the least CPU. On the other hand, an XFS file system is known to have a high scalability as well as a high performance. NTFS file system is a recoverable one and has a high performance. ECXTA4 is a new file system and is known to support large files. Therefore, you need to choose wisely your file system and avoid performance bottlenecks.
Finally, malware such as viruses, spyware and Trojan horses are known to harm the performance of your systems. Malware can be harbored in your servers, workstations or on both places. Ensure to install defenses to stay free of malware infections. Use an effective antivirus, an antispyware, firewalls and a network firewall and ensure your systems are in an utmost state of performance.