Server load going up to the 50's level seems serious. Any idea what it was doing at that stage and if it is a regular and prolonged occurence ? If it is doing stats and such and goes up that high during non-peak hours then I wouldn't worry about it. If it is one-off then same thing. However if it is prolonged and regular, I would most definitely investigate and if they are legitimate then a faster machine would help.
Originally posted by catfishing Server load, highest seen was in the 50's
50's is not high. Some guys get well into the 100s with dual xeons...As for nocster, i'm not sure with them. Im deciding whether or not to continue business there. I've had a good relationship with them for a little over 7 months, but they've had some terrible problems. We'll wait and see what happens
When your load hits 50, are you seeing a major slowdown, or inability to access the pages or pages?
What is causing the load when you hit 50? Are you running php or anything similiar, you might be able to use an optimizer like MMCache, or use it or JPcache to cache some pages if it is a dynamic site.
You can also optimize Sql if you use it, with caching to help with the load.
If you are running into swap space then, which could add some to your load, then just add more RAM.