My Hosting Company Monitors My Site...Don't They?
Develop | Posted August 24, 2009

I’m coming up on my tenth year in the Web performance monitoring industry, and in that time, there is one thing I’ve heard rather consistently: “My hosting company monitors my site.â€

But doesn’t that seem a little like the fox watching the hen house to you? I’m not saying that your hosting partner doesn’t really want to do the best they can. However, when your Service Level Agreement (SLA) states that the provider may have to provide service credit or suffer financial penalties, there is simply too much of a conflict of interest to rely solely on that monitoring.

Hosting providers usually monitor your Web site from inside the data center. The problem with this is that users come to your site from the world outside the data center. So, the tests your providers are performing won’t identify many of the potential issues that can affect the end-user experience—for example, those related to DNS, peering, routing or Internet weather.

What do they test? If your Web server is being pinged, you’ll only determine if the server is on. If your homepage is being monitored, you’ll only know that the http server is running.

These server statistics are frequently unrelated to Web application performance and availability for end-users. They don’t provide any metrics regarding the availability and performance of your applications from locations around the country or the world. It doesn’t show you if all the moving parts of your Web store, such as add-to-cart, checkout or login, are working. So then how do you know?

As one of your partners, it’s important to trust that your hosted provider’s technical resources are doing all they can to help you deliver a good experience to your users. But it’s also important to monitor and verify on your own.

If your business depends on the interactions you have with users online, then only you can take custody of understanding how Web site application performance impacts the end-user experience.


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