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PostgreSQL 9.0 High Performance by Gregory Smith

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Summary

Attempts to improve database and operating system performance are best done using careful observation, not speculation, in order to determine where the system bottlenecks are. You need to start that before you have a performance problem, to record baseline information. Most production database servers should consider basic monitoring and trending setup, a requirement of their early deployment.

However, it is helpful to know the low-level tools too, because the longer term views provided by most monitoring and trending tools will miss brief problems. With today's breed of database applications, even a pause lasting a few seconds could be a major response time failure, and it's one that you wouldn't even be able to see in data collected on ...

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