3 Reasons Why Your HAProxy Needs Active Alerts

August 21, 2019
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3 Reasons Why Your HAProxy Needs Active Alerts

HAProxy is a popular open source solution for load balancing and proxying. Using HAProxy in your server environment will undoubtedly improve its performance and reliability; but if you want to unlock even more of your platform’s potential and adopt a proactive stance to your web server management, then you should also consider adding active alerts.

In this post, we will share why you should add active alerts to your HAProxy installation and how it can take your IT operations to the next level.

What are Active Alerts?

Traditionally, your IT staff wouldn’t know if there was an issue with web server response time until an internal or external customer alerted them or if they were actively monitoring HAProxy performance. But by this time, even if the alarm was raised quickly, user experience would have already begun to degrade and IT staff would be left hunting for the cause.

In contrast, Snapt continuously monitors the performance of HAProxy and provides hundreds of built-in real-time metrics on your server environment’s health, speed and uptime. Users can run reports to dive deeper into the data.

Since Snapt captures all of these customizable metrics, you can configure active alerts to notify IT staff to proactively respond when performance falls outside of preset bounds, providing an early warning to potential problems. When these alerts are combined with the historical data readily captured within Snapt, staff can quickly diagnose issues and implement fixes.

How will Active Alerts boost my performance?

1. Supports faster issue response time

With a global marketplace, your IT operations are always on the clock. Issues could arise at any time that affect the delivery of your services. With alerts on your HAProxy’s performance, Snapt will immediately notify those who need to know when a performance threshold has been breached.

The next time there is a slowdown on a production server or database, instead of scrambling to find the cause, the right staff can be alerted via their preferred method with point-in-time data so they can resolve the issue before services are further affected.

2. Reduces manual data inspection

Monitoring the status of HAProxy performance can involve manually combing through a lot of data across many fields over a long time range. IT staff are limited by their ability to manually inspect these metrics, remember the acceptable performance bounds, and remember the historical context of the data that they are seeing, such as steadily increasing HTTP 500 error rates.

Snapt’s active alerts automate this monitoring process and eliminate the need for continuous or even periodic manual analysis. They maintain a comprehensive look at your HAProxy state, overcoming the limitations of manual data inspection.

Active alerts can form a proactive, comprehensive and historically contextual evaluation of your HAProxy’s performance for a more efficient use of staff time.

3. Enables customized escalation paths

Not all alerts warrant the same type of response or the same degree of urgency. Some alerts might not even require staff intervention and can be safely logged to inform decisions made in the future.

Snapt’s customizable GUI enables convenient HAProxy management with tiered alerts, so your IT shop can more efficiently utilize staff time and resources for issues that matter. A tiered alerts structure (low-, medium-, and high-urgency) allows the HAProxy management software to conduct initial triage and escalation based on the alert type. For example, you could create the following tiered alerts structure:

  • Low-level alerts do not require staff response. This might include temporarily slow service that had no effect on customer experience; these alerts can be logged for future investigation and resolution if the problem reoccurs.
  • Medium-level alerts require non-immediate staff response. This might include low disk space or lagging queries.
  • High-level alerts require immediate staff response and escalation. This might include any issue that affects SLA targets or which will have visible negative effects for customers.

Whatever the structure, alerts can help to make your HAProxy data more actionable and organized, refining how you support your operations.

Active alerts with Snapt make HAProxy management simple

Out of the box, Snapt’s solution allows HAProxy users to capture metrics and set up automated alerts that empower IT staff to investigate and resolve issues before they cause big problems, without putting a strain on your staff’s time. Snapt stores all of your data in SQL, giving your organization the ability to report on it when and how you like.

So whether your organization has been running HAProxy for years or if it is just starting out fresh with a new installation, Snapt can take your HAProxy management to the next level.

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