VMmark digs in with Woodcrest

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Bruce Herndon does some scaling tests with VMmark on a HP DL380G5 server with the new Intel Woodcrest dual-core processors. The different workloads (mail server, java server, database, web server, and file server)  have different scaling characteristics, depending on their need for CPU, memory, disk, and network capacity. He also looks at the scaling of Read more...

Appliances on demand for the startup

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John Sequiera ponders the question: "Why on-demand appliances?" He gets virtualization, but the ‘resource pool’ approach of something like Amazon’s EC2 does require a shift in thinking and comfort level with IT as a utility. I think John’s a-ha here is more about the usefulness of virtual appliances, whether they’re in the cloud or in Read more...

Compatibility Guides, served 4 ways

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The Hardware Compatibility Guides (colloquially known as the HCLs) now have a blog-style page for updates and a directory listing to accompany the existing RSS feed. The Community-Supported Hardware and Software List is up and running for vendors and for members of the community to report working configurations for VMware Infrastructure that aren’t officially in Read more...

Performance Tuning Best Practices for ESX Server 3

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From Aravind Pavuluri on the VMware performance blog, VROOM! Link: VROOM!: Performance Tuning Best Practices for ESX Server 3 Over time a number of customers have been asking us for a single comprehensive ESX performance tuning guide that would encompass its CPU, memory, storage, networking, resource management and DRS, component optimizations. Finally we have the Read more...

Virtualization … Wars?

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David Marshall, who has been virtualizing for years (he even was an external alpha tester for ESX Server), has written a good overview of where we are in the adoption of virtualization, and how we got here over the last few years. Link: Virtual Strategy Magazine – Virtualization Wars. Maximize resources – Perhaps the most Read more...