Optimizing Monitoring

Developing and maintaining Web applications is an intricate and highly demanding process. Zend Server facilitates the intricacies of the development process by employing an efficient problem resolution infrastructure. This infrastructure’s main goal is to help make the most out of challenging environments and tight schedules and prevent problematic issues from falling between the cracks.

Using monitoring helps organizations improve communication between the development, testing and IT teams to streamline the development and deployment processes.

Development and production environments can unify the working environment and ensure improved information collection and distribution between development teams, testing teams and IT teams (See illustration below).

Zend Platform workflow

Using Zend Server in your working environment ensures that pertinent and focused information reaches the right person at the right time. The enhanced information exchange results in major improvements in quality of code, time to production and overall performance and stability. The subsequent benefit is more resources dedicated to activities that focus on improving and expanding the current application and less time spent on locating the information that is necessary to recreate and resolve code and performance issues

The Monitor component assists the efforts of the development, testing and IT teams to quickly pinpoint, analyze, and resolve issues such as: PHP Slow Script Execution, Function Errors, Database Errors, etc.



Implementing Monitoring

Implementing Monitoring is a process of defining Events according to acceptable runtime and performance parameters. When an Event occurs, the Monitor compiles a complete profile of the Event’s occurrence and its precise details. The Event Details screen includes comprehensive details to enable developers and testers to recreate the Event in a way that mirrors the conditions of the original occurrence. This information can then be used to diagnose problems by fine-tuning Event rules to accommodate normal occurrences or resolve actual run-time problems and errors.

The integration with Zend Studio makes it easy to diagnose problems and errors using the Debug Event and Profile Event options. In addition, problems in code can be immediately resolved using the Zend Studio Editor: The Zend Studio Editor makes it possible to both implement and deploy changes right away, not only to a single server, but also to all the nodes that belong to the same Group.

Code tracing provides an additional layer for analyzing

Events can be preserved to leave an indicator of these occurrences if necessary.

Configuring for Production or Development

In general, the best practice is the same: tune monitoring rules and thresholds to provide the information you need, without creating an overflow of events that you are not able to handle. This means that in development you may want focus on a specific rule type each time or set high thresholds and gradually modify them. In production, it is preferred that you already come with an estimate of the thresholds that are necessary.


The difference between development and production is that usually in development environments you have to work very hard in order to have such an "overflow" - development environments are low traffic, low load systems. Additionally, the performance impact is negligible in development environment. In production, as a contrast, tuning is very important because of two reasons:

  1. High traffic systems tend to generate hundreds and thousands of events per day if not properly tuned - even with aggregation, this tends to be more than what a development team can handle.

  2. The more events you have, and the broader your thresholds are (for example the more functions you watch for Slow Function Execution events) the bigger the performance impact on your system is going to be. While under normal circumstances this impact is usually negligible, under high stress circumstances it could have an effect.


Given this, the best practice for tuning Zend Monitor thresholds is to start from relatively high thresholds, and lower them over time as old issues are fixed and the capacity for handling fine-grained errors grows. This is mostly true in production environments.



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