When trying to judge expected behavior from potentially problematic behavior, looking at memory behavior often is a place ColdFusion Administrators will start.
Even though the standard amount of RAM continues to increase, a close examination of an application's use of system memory remains a critical part of the Q&A process.
Fortunately for the developer, a variety of memory tracking abilities exist to troubleshoot an application's use of system memory. Unfortunately for the developer, the multitude of metrics to choose from increases the chances of making the wrong choice and tracking the incorrect data set.
This article will describe some of the available metrics for tracking memory usage in Microsoft's Windows NT/Windows 2000, Sun Microsystems' Solaris, and Linux.