I've been observing the ping latency to my server's internal gateway switch from my server machine. I noticed the ping spikes to as high as 500ms at times. Is this a possible indication that the switch is overload or this is perfectly normal?
Define local gateway. WIthin a shorter lan (same room) with 1-2 switches nivolved unless the line is totally overloaded it should be low single digit ms - witha strong push towards 0-1ms. I am jsut checking my VM I type that on to the firewall of my company (also a VM) via a physical router (i.e. traffic goes to router then from there to firewall) - definitely more than a simple switch - and I get 3, 1, 2, <1 ms.
500ms is RIDICULOUS - US is around 115ms from my place (europe) including a lot of routers in between. This is either some defective / overlaoded part or a really hard overload on the the line. It is extreme.