[mrtg] Traffic (incoming, outcoming) - what does it correspond to??
alia at femininbio.com
Thu Jul 17 18:22:11 CEST 2008
I'm sorry but I'm not very well-versed in all things network and server
related, so this may be a really dumb post, but I'm trying to understand
the graphs related to traffic on my website. What I really want to
know, is how much traffic our server is capable of handling, but I'm
having a hard time deciphering these graphs. What I do know is that
about ten days ago we sent out a mass e-mail to 800,000 people and
experienced an onslaught of connections to the site at the same time.
Predictably (not that we actually predicted this) the site slowed to a
crawl and mass panic ensued at our headquarters. Unsurprising, perhaps,
but what IS surprising (at least to me) is that the MRTG traffic graph
doesn't show any kind of peak whatsoever corresponding to this time
period! The monthly peak occurs a week afterwards, and even that peak
is only about the same size as the almost daily peaks for the months of
April and May!!
And even crazier, the peaks for December, November, and September are
five times higher, with a bizarre and sudden drop-off at the end of
September, even though our traffic (as in, clicks recorded) has been
increasing ever since!!
So what I'd like to know is whether the "traffic" shown in these graphs
has anything to do with the number of people connected, the activity on
the site, or what? Last but not least, I'm also unclear on the
difference between "incoming" and "outcoming" traffic. Any help would
be most appreciated!!
More information about the mrtg