Virtualized SQL Server Performance: Scalable and Reliable

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Database workloads are very diverse. While most database servers are lightly loaded, larger databaseworkloads can be resource-intensive, exhibiting high I/O rates or consuming large amounts of memory. With improvements in virtualization technology and hardware, even servers running large database workloads run well in virtual machines. Servers running Microsoft’s SQL Server, among the top database server Read more...

YouTube Star: VMmark Cluster Demonstrates DPM

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We recently posted the results of some experiments running VMmark across a 4-server cluster using DRS (here and here) that demonstrate the power and flexibility of VMware Infrastructure. We have used the same methodology and the same hardware to measure the performance impact of DPM (there wasn’t any) as well as the power savings (it Read more...

Sun Shows Value of Large Pages in VMmark

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I am fascinated studying the ripple effects seen in overall system performance caused by tuning a subset of workloads in a virtualized environment. Our partners at Sun have provided a textbook case by publishing two VMmark 1.1 results on the Sun Fire X4240 last month. The scores were 7.92 @ 6 tiles and 8.07 @ Read more...

Unisys Publishes VMmark Result

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Our partners at Unisys recently published their debut VMmark result of 21.96 @ 15 tiles using an ES7000 Model 7405R G1. This is a 32-core, 8-socket system. You can find the details at the ever-growing VMmark results page. Read more...