SUN Uses VMmark to Measure X4600 Scalability

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Our partners at Sun and AMD have used VMmark to produce an interesting virtualization scaling study of the Sun Fire X4600 Server. You can find a short version of the results at http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x4600/VMScaling-Final3.pdf. A longer paper can be found at http://www.sun.com/servers/x64/x4600/VMScalability-wp.pdf. One of the primary goals of VMmark is to provide appropriate data to customers Read more...

VMmark Public Beta Released

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I am pleased to announce that the public beta release of VMmark is now available. It can be found at http://www.vmware.com/beta/vmmark/. Before I discuss this release, I’d like to thank all of the partners who gave us such valuable feedback throughout the VMmark technology preview and private beta program. They really helped us get it Read more...

Comparing ESX Server and VMware Server Using VMmark

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VMware Server is a best-in-class hosted virtualization solution and provides an ideal way for new users to start using virtualization. It also works well for small deployments as well as application test and development. Potential VMware users often ask how VMware Server differs from VMware’s ESX Server, our hypervisor-based virtualization solution. A complete response to Read more...

Studying DRS with VMmark

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I was looking through some slides from VMworld 2006 and came across an interesting project by one of my colleagues, Chirag Bhatt, who works on dynamic resource scheduling (DRS) performance. He was looking for a way to study the behavior of DRS under representative workloads and ended up using a variant of VMmark. He had Read more...

Studying NUMA with VMmark

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I often collect data from the hardware performance counters when running VMmark. Studying low-level data provides insight into both the physical system and the virtualization layer. (To be honest, the latent academic in me is secretly hoping to make some crucial observation that will change the direction of computer architecture for years to come and Read more...

Dell Uses VMmark to Compare Servers

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One of the many benefits of having a reliable and representative benchmark like VMmark is that it allows vendors to demonstrate and compare their platforms when running virtualized environments. This type of information can help customers evaluate various platforms and choose one that fits their needs. Dell recently published a study titled "Virtualization Performance of Read more...

Trying VMmark on Some New Hardware

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I recently received a new HP DL380G5 server sporting the new Intel Woodcrest dual-core processors. I was finally ready to try it out on the Friday before Christmas and I didn’t want to be a Grinch by asking the lab support folks to connect a disk array before the long weekend, so I quickly set Read more...

Shrinking the VMmark Tile

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Our new benchmark, VMmark, had its first Beta release on December 21st. Now we are busy supporting the Beta users as well as trying to address some of the feedback we received during the earlier VMmark technology preview program with some of our hardware partners. We heard from almost everyone that the memory footprint of Read more...