Cluster High Availability

Availability, in the other words uptime of any software can be implemented in several different ways. It's up to company decisions, policies and best practices which process should be implemented.


Availability Cluster application is a combination of different components, mainly Java Application, PostgreSQL database, NGINX balancer. All being built with different frameworks and running independently from each other. All can run on a one or multiple machines, it all depends on a deployment architecture you select.

All of above, can become a point of failure, but after all, business directly depends on a Cluster application and this is what we will focus in first place to monitor and ensure highest possible uptime.

We decided to prepare for you a short guide taking you step by step on how to setup basic and efficient low level monitoring over a Cluster application processes with Monit and how to start them up in case of failure.

Install Monit

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt install monit
sudo monit


sudo systemctl status monit
# you should see info saying monit is running
sudo vim /etc/monit/monitrc
# - change interval to 60 seconds:
# - uncomment set httpd lines if you want to access monit web ui

/etc/monit/monitrc file would look like this

set daemon 60 # check services at 2-minute intervals
with start delay 240 # optional: delay the first check by 4-minutes (by
set log /var/log/monit.log
set idfile /var/lib/monit/id
set statefile /var/lib/monit/state
set eventqueue
basedir /var/lib/monit/events # set the base directory where events will be stored
slots 100 # optionally limit the queue size
set httpd port 2812 and
use address <YOUR_IP_ADDRESS> # only accept connection from localhost
allow localhost # allow localhost to connect to the server and
allow admin:monit # require user 'admin' with password 'monit'
include /etc/monit/conf.d/*
include /etc/monit/conf-enabled/*

Reload Monit

sudo systemctl restart monit
sudo systemctl enable monit