Install and use collectd-ping under CentOS 8 to monitor latency

Tracking the network latency of the servers’ network is not an easy job. Most monitoring software is capable to monitor the state of the server, but how to monitor the state of the connectivity and the network latency and even the Internet connectivity with some respectful addresses like or It should be easy to do it with ICMP and ping command but using the collectd daemon and one of its plugins offers collectd-ping from to save all the history in a time series back-end and using grafana (or other graphs/histograms and etc software) to make graphs.
Using the collectd-ping plugin in conjunction with grafana may reach the similar effect as using the old and gold smokeping.
CentOS 7 included the collectd-ping plugin in its official repository, but in CentOS 8 the plugin is missing! Under Cent OS 8 the CentOS SIG OpsTools includes the collectd-ping plugin in their repository. More on SIG and OpsTools may be obtained in the later page. In general, it is safe to use this repository it would not break user’s system.
Here is how to install and configure it. Real grafana examples are also included at the end.

The example here assumes there is a grafana server installed with influxdb backend.

STEP 1) Add OpsTools repository and install the collectd and collectd-ping.

The OpsTools repository is installed with centos-release-opstools package.
Here is what is going to install:

dnf install -y centos-release-opstools
dnf install -y collectd collectd-ping

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Really bad performance when going from Write-Back to Write-Through in a LSI controller

Ever wonder what is the impact of write-through of an LSI controller in a real-world streaming server? Have no wonder anymore!

you can get several (multiple?) times slower with the write-through mode than if your controller were using the write-back mode of the cache

And it could happen any moment because when charging the battery of the LSI controller and you have set “No Write Cache if Bad BBU” the write-through would kick in. Of course, you can make a schedule for the battery charging/discharging process, but in general, it will happen and it will hurt your IO performance a lot!

In simple words a write operation is successful only if the controller confirms the write operation on all disks, no matter the data has already been in the cache.

This mode puts pressure on the disks and Write-Through is a known destroyer of hard disks! You can read a lot of administrator’s feedback on the Internet about crashed disks using write-through mode (and sometimes several simultaneously on one machine losing all your data even it would have redundancy with some of the RAID setups like RAID1, RAID5, RAID6, RAID10 and so).

srv ~ # sudo megacli -ldinfo -lall -aall
Adapter 0 -- Virtual Drive Information:
Virtual Drive: 0 (Target Id: 0)
Name                :system
RAID Level          : Primary-1, Secondary-0, RAID Level Qualifier-0
Size                : 13.781 TB
Sector Size         : 512
Mirror Data         : 13.781 TB
State               : Optimal
Strip Size          : 128 KB
Number Of Drives per span:2
Span Depth          : 6
Default Cache Policy: WriteBack, ReadAdaptive, Direct, No Write Cache if Bad BBU
Current Cache Policy: WriteThrough, ReadAdaptive, Direct, No Write Cache if Bad BBU
Default Access Policy: Read/Write
Current Access Policy: Read/Write
Disk Cache Policy   : Disk's Default
Encryption Type     : None
Bad Blocks Exist: No
Is VD Cached: Yes
Cache Cade Type : Read Only

Exit Code: 0x00

As you can see our default cache policy is WriteBack and “No Write Cache if Bad BBU”, the BBU is not bad, but charging!
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