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Chapter 1. Monitoring Server Performance > Understanding Performance

Understanding Performance

This statement might sound ironic, but the biggest problem a Web developer can face is success. One day your site is getting 500 visitors and performing beautifully. The next, you have thousands of visitors, and they're all complaining that your site is too slow. You may even have trouble keeping your servers up and running under all that load. Because everything seemed fine at lower traffic levels, and your traffic increased so quickly, you're not sure what the problem is or even where to start looking for it.


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