On May 15th, HP posted new VMmark 2.0 results based on our ProLiant DL360p Gen8 server. These results represent the best two socket performance we’ve ever seen. In fact, just 2 weeks earlier we posted two socket results for our Gen8 DL380p server which eclipsed the previous record. Now with the latest posting we have taken another step forward, providing evidence that Moore’s Law is still in play.
Everyone knows that benchmarking is a leap-frog business and the next results are probably not far away. In the race to drive virtualization performance to record highs, it is easy to overlook the real reason we continue to innovate and to wring every cycle of capability out of the server infrastructure. Performance ultimately enables real customer value. Performance really does matter to our customers, though they may not think of it in terms of VMmark scores or tiles.
Performance matters because it is one of the key factors in driving up VM density. VM density is closely linked to efficiency in the data center and efficiency is a big deal for IT and Business. Fewer hosts, higher consolidation ratios means better use of floor space, less power, less cooling – overall more intelligent use of facilities – very green. While VM density is driven by many factors, including storage performance and latency – see HP’s Get Virtual program with 3PAR website for additional tools – the ability to host more virtual machines in your infrastructure starts with server performance.
You can see in the posting notices below from the VMmark website, HP ProLiant Gen8 servers are once again leading the pack in virtualization performance, but it doesn’t stop there.
When we created ProLiant Gen8 we went back to the drawing board, questioning every assumption about how our servers are used in real world environments. And the result of all that work is a set of revolutionary enhancements that make IT infrastructure easier to manage, faster to deploy, and less expensive to own. Features like our Integrated Lifecycle Automation, which eliminates labor intensive tasks, to Dynamic Workload Acceleration that amps up VMware performance to Automated Energy Optimization for maximizing the efficient use of power, cooling and floor space – all contribute to a better customer experience and the ability to ‘sanely’ host more VMs.
So, we are excited about the VMmark results and how customers can realize the benefits of continuing gains in performance – and especially anxious to demonstrate some of the cool new capabilities mentioned above to make their lives easier.