Performance Evaluation of Intel EPT Hardware Assist

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We recently released a whitepaper that demonstrates huge performance gains provided by VMware ESX on the latest Intel Xeon™ 5500-series processors. These processors introduce Intel’s second-generation hardware support for virtualization that incorporates memory management unit (MMU) virtualization called Extended Page Tables™ (EPT). ESX has been adopting these technologies as they are introduced, and many workloads Read more...

Scale-out of XenApp on ESX 3.5

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In an earlier posting (Virtualizing XenApp on XenServer 5.0 and ESX 3.5) we looked at the performance of virtualizing a Citrix XenApp workload in a 2-vCPU VM in comparison to the native OS booted with two cores. This provided valuable data about the single-VM performance of XenApp running on ESX 3.5. In our next set Read more...

Performance Evaluation of AMD RVI Hardware Assist

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We recently released a whitepaper that demonstrates huge performance gains provided by VMware ESX server on latest third generation AMD Opteron™ processors. These processors introduce AMD’s second generation hardware support for virtualization that incorporates memory management unit (MMU) virtualization, called Rapid Virtualization Indexing™ (RVI). Intel has also announced MMU virtualization support in their “Nehalem” processors Read more...