VMmark 1.1 Available

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Just a quick note to let folks know that VMmark 1.1 is available. It went live last week. You can download it here. The new version has a mix of 32-bit and 64-bit virtual machines to better reflect current environments. Please check the Release Notes for full details. Read more...

Measuring Cluster Scaling with VMmark

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As I mentioned on April 30th, we have released VMmark 1.1 to our partners and intend a general release in the near future. We have been extremely pleased with the virtualization community’s response to VMmark. It clearly addresses an important need: reliably measuring the performance of virtualization platforms in a representative and fair way. However, Read more...

Sun Uses VMmark to Measure Power Consumption

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A representative and well-understood benchmark like VMmark can be used as the basis for more elaborate experiments. As a case in point, our partners at Sun have been measuring the power consumption of their Sun Fire X4450 server while running VMmark with 8 tiles (48 total VMs). They have been kind enough to share their Read more...

Dell Publishes First AMD Quad-Core VMmark Results

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Our partners at Dell have published the first VMmark results using the new AMD quad-core Barcelona processors. Both the 2-socket (8-core) R805 platform and the 4-socket (16-core) R905 platform have been tested. You can find all of the details on the VMmark results page. If you do the math, you will see that Dell achieved Read more...

VMmark 1.1 Released to Partners

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Just a quick note to announce that we have released version 1.1 of the VMmark benchmark to our hardware partners. As many of you know, VMmark 1.0 utilized only 32-bit workloads, which was a reasonable mix when the benchmark was first defined roughly three years ago. However, 64-bit applications and OSes are becoming much more Read more...

IBM Publishes Their First VMmark Result

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Our partners at IBM have published their first VMmark result on VMware’s VMmark results page. IBM achieved an excellent result using their 16-core IBM System x3850 M2 and VMware ESX Server 3.5. Please check out the full disclosure for details. I am delighted that with IBM’s publication we now have four major hardware vendors represented Read more...

Sun Improves Upon Their Debut VMmark Result

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Our partners at Sun have just published an improved result for the Sun Blade X8440. This latest test was run with VMware ESX Server 3.5 and demonstrates a 5% improvement over their original VMware ESX Server 3.0.2 result using a nearly identical configuration. Both benchmark disclosure reports can be found at the VMmark results page. Read more...

Welcome Sun to the VMmark Results Page

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Following up on their excellent work with the Beta version of VMmark, our partners at Sun have just published their first VMmark 1.0 result, which was performed on a Sun Blade X8440 system. You can find all of the details at the VMmark results page (http://www.vmware.com/products/vmmark/results.html). The Sun Blade X8440 tested is a 4-socket, 8-core Read more...

VMmark 1.0 Results Page Debuts

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Please take a moment to check out the benchmark disclosures posted onour newly unveiled VMmark results page atwww.vmware.com/products/vmmark/results.html. At the moment, the pagecontains results submitted by both Dell and HP using VMmark 1.0. Thisdata should help customers effectively evaluate virtualizationplatforms in a consolidation scenario. There is a nice range ofresults ranging from four-core to sixteen-core Read more...

Comparing Intel Dual-Core and Quad-Core Using VMmark

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I have been running VMmark on a wide variety of systems in preparation for the benchmark’s imminent release. During this exercise, I was able to measure the performance difference between Intel’s dual-core (Woodcrest) and quad-core (Clovertown) processors using otherwise identical HP Proliant DL380G5 systems. One system contained two dual-core Intel Xeon 5150 processors (four cores Read more...