Benchmarks Performance Virtualization VMmark vSAN

New VMmark Results Featuring 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors and vSphere 8

We are pleased to announce that two new VMmark results from Hewlett Packard Enterprise have been published today featuring 4th Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors (codenamed Sapphire Rapids) and VMware vSphere 8.  The results can be seen in context on the VMmark results page, but here is a summary:

Server Vendor and Model Processor Model Total Hosts Total Sockets Total Cores VMmark 3.1.1 Score
HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen11 Intel Xeon Platinum 8480+ 4 8 448 40.83 @ 42 Tiles
HPE ProLiant DL320 Gen11 Intel Xeon Gold 6454S 4 4 128 12.63 @ 12 Tiles


So how much better do these processors perform?  The chart below shows the VMmark performance of two 4-node HPE ProLiant DL380 vSAN clusters:

vSphere 7.0 with 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors vs. vSphere 8.0 with 4th Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors

Key highlights include:

  • The Intel Xeon Platinum 8480+ processors have 56 cores, 1.4x more than the previous-generation 40-core Xeon 8380 processors
  • The overall VMmark score is 1.7x higher than the previous generation
  • The tile count is 1.6x higher than the previous generation (each tile consists of 19 VMs)
  • The new VMmark result uses vSphere 8.0, while the previous result used vSphere 7.0
  • Both results used VMware vSAN, and the new result is the first VMmark publication to use vSAN 8

Here are some resources to learn more:

Here are direct links to the VMmark results compared above:

VMmark is a free benchmark tool used by hardware vendors and others to measure the performance, scalability, and power consumption of virtualization platforms and has become the standard by which the performance of virtualization platforms is evaluated. For more information, please visit the VMmark product page.


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