Introducing VMmark ML

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VMmark has been the go-to virtualization benchmark for over 12 years. It’s been used by partners, customers, and internally in a wide variety of technical applications. VMmark1, released in 2007, was the de-facto virtualization consolidation benchmark in a time when the overhead and feasibility of virtualization was still largely in question. In 2010, as server Read more...

Performance of SQL Server 2017 for Linux VMs on vSphere 6.5

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Microsoft SQL Server has long been one of the most popular applications for running on vSphere virtual machines.  Last year there was quite a bit of excitement when Microsoft announced they were bringing SQL Server to Linux.  Over the last year Microsoft has had quite a bit of interest in SQL Server for Linux and it was Read more...

Content Library Performance Tuning

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by Joanna Guan and Davide Bergamasco The first two posts in this series assessed the performance of some Content Library operations like virtual machine deployment and library synchronization, import and export. In this post we discuss how to fine-tune Content Library settings in order to achieve optimal performance under a variety of operational conditions. Notice Read more...

VMware vCenter 6.0 Performance Improvements and Best Practices

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VMware vCenter Server 6.0 brings many performance improvements over previous vCenter versions, including: Extensive improvements in throughput and latency. vCenter Server Appliance (VCSA) parity with vCenter Server on Windows, for both inventory size and performance. A new white paper, “VMware vCenter Server Performance and Best Practices,” illustrates these performance improvements and discusses important best practices Read more...

Improvements in vCenter Server 6.0 Cluster Performance

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VMware vCenter Server 6.0 brings significant improvements over previous vCenter server versions with respect to cluster size and performance. vCenter Server 6.0 supports up to 64 ESXi Hosts and 8000 VMs in a single cluster. A new white paper, ” VMware vCenter Server 6.0 Cluster Performance “, describes the improvements along several dimensions: VMware vCenter 6.0 Read more...

Project Capstone Shows Monster VM Performance

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Project Capstone was put together a few weeks before VMworld 2015 with the goal of being able to show what is possible with Monster VMs today.  VMware worked with HP and IBM to put together an impressive setup using vSphere 6.0, HP Superdome X and an IBM FlashSystem array that was able to support running Read more...

Performance Best Practices for vSphere 6.0 is Available

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We are pleased to announce the availability of Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 6.0. This is a book designed to help system administrators obtain the best performance from vSphere 6.0 deployments. The book addresses many of the new features in vSphere 6.0 from a performance perspective. These include: A new version of vSphere Network Read more...

Network Improvements in vSphere 6 Boost Performance for 40G NICs

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Introduced in vSphere 5.5, a Linux-based driver was added to support 40GbE Mellanox adapters on ESXi. Now vSphere 6.0 adds a native driver and Dynamic NetQueue for Mellanox, and these features  significantly improve network performance. In addition to the device driver changes, vSphere 6.0 includes improvements to the vmxnet3 virtual NIC (vNIC) that allows a Read more...