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    Question Server Load - What is considered high?

    I was just wondering what is considered a high server load when on a CPANEL setup?

    I am on a reseller account and am looking in the "Server Status" and was wondering what a respectable "Server Load" is, and what is probably a bad one.

    Just curious

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    Depends on the CPU and ram etc..

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    This is about the third thread of this nature in the last month or so

    In any event, the general rule of thumb is somewhere around a load of 1 for each CPU would be considered OK (Hypterthreading is NOT two cpus).

    Understand that load is a very limited representation of the actual state of the server though. I find the best test is to try accessing a website and see how fast it loads
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    Server Info:
    Processor #1 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #1 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
    Processor #1 speed: 2400.118 MHz
    Processor #1 cache size: 512 KB

    Processor #2 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #2 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
    Processor #2 speed: 2400.118 MHz
    Processor #2 cache size: 512 KB

    Processor #3 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #3 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
    Processor #3 speed: 2400.118 MHz
    Processor #3 cache size: 512 KB

    Processor #4 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #4 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
    Processor #4 speed: 2400.118 MHz
    Processor #4 cache size: 512 KB


    Memory: 4139336k/4325376k available



    I see it usually around 15% and have seen it up to 25.00.

    All in all my sites seem to load decent enough yet Cpanel is starting to drag a little. Just noticing it now

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    Quote Originally Posted by talkhostrunner
    Server Info:
    Processor #1 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #1 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
    Processor #1 speed: 2400.118 MHz
    Processor #1 cache size: 512 KB

    Processor #2 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #2 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
    Processor #2 speed: 2400.118 MHz
    Processor #2 cache size: 512 KB

    Processor #3 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #3 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
    Processor #3 speed: 2400.118 MHz
    Processor #3 cache size: 512 KB

    Processor #4 Vendor: GenuineIntel
    Processor #4 Name: Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 2.40GHz
    Processor #4 speed: 2400.118 MHz
    Processor #4 cache size: 512 KB


    Memory: 4139336k/4325376k available



    I see it usually around 15% and have seen it up to 25.00.

    All in all my sites seem to load decent enough yet Cpanel is starting to drag a little. Just noticing it now
    Server load is not a percentage. 15.00-25.00 is quite high, even if it's a Dual Xeon (very low cache anyway)...
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    For a dual xeon, you should be looking for a load of 2 or less generally speaking. Load spiking is common, but it should not stay that way for very long (ie. doing a backup of the server, computing daily stats, re-compiling apache, etc..)
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    Must have been a backup of some sort. It is back down to 1.53 and is usually low from what I remember.

    Guess I'm just gonna have to keep an eye on it to see if my host is overselling.

    Thanks for the insight all!

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    Your average server load should be between 2-4 to have a decent page load speed.
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