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Best Practices for Conducting a Performance Evaluation of Your IT Systems

White Paper Published By: Sightline Systems
Sightline Systems
Published:  Apr 29, 2015
Type:  White Paper
Length:  7 pages

Performance evaluation is the process of determining how well an existing or future computer system meets a set of alternative performance objectives. Arbitrarily selecting performance metrics, evaluation techniques, and workloads often leads to inaccurate conclusions.

How should one carry out a performance evaluation study? The answer is to follow a systematic approach. The methodology proposed here involves six steps:

  • Understand the current environment and define goals for analysis.
  • Identify and gather relevant performance metrics.
  • Select the appropriate evaluation technique.
  • Define characteristic workloads.
  • Analyze and interpret the data.
  • Present the results.
The purpose of this article is to provide IT staff and system administrators with a systematic approach to performance evaluation and point out some common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid

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performance evaluation, performance analyst, performance metrics, evaluation technique, networking, security, it management