PostgreSQL performance tuning

Deeply understand your PostgreSQL performance.

Data-driven PostgreSQL performance tuning

PostgreSQL is a powerful enterprise class database, serving companies like Skype, Instagram or However, with today's growing enterprise data PostgreSQL performance can suffer. By keeping an eye on the overall database health and proactively looking for potential problems you can resolve them before they have a chance to affect the user experience.

By following this database performance checklist you can easily find issues and optimize your PostgreSQL database accordingly:

  • Verify your hosts’ health by looking at server data
  • Ensure that your virtualization works fine by analyzing virtual machine metrics
  • Optimize database access with application data
  • Analyze the network impact of database communication with network data

Server data tells about your hosts’ health

By checking CPU, memory, and disk space metrics you make sure your PostgreSQL processes have sufficient resources available.

  • CPU - PostgreSQL databases will deliver better performance on faster CPUs. When monitoring virtual machines, also monitor the virtual host that the machines run on. Numbers like CPU ready time are of particular importance.
  • Page faults per seconds - Having thousands of page faults per second indicates that your hosts are out of memory.
  • Disk space - For an optimal PostgreSQL performance make sure you have lots of disk space available on your hard drive.
PostgreSQL CPU metrics
PostgreSQL memory metrics
PostgreSQL disk metrics

Know which commands affect database performance

Knowing which services access your PostgreSQL DB is vital for finding performance bottlenecks. If there is a single service that’s suffering from bad database response times, dig deeper into that service’s metrics to find out what’s causing the problem.

Take a deeper look into the service’s communication with the database and find our what kind of commands affect the database performance the most.

Services accessing PostgreSQL
PostgreSQL service backtrace

Verify your app’s database connection

Even if the way you query your database is perfectly fine, you may still experience inferior database performance. Make sure if your application’s database connection is correctly sized.

Keep an eye on network metrics

If a database performance issue suddenly appears, process level visibility comes in handy in identifying a failing component.

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