Virtualizing Sharepoint – 74% power savings | Virtual Geek

Link: Virtual Geek: Virtualizing Sharepoint – How about saving 74% of your power?.

Now on to another "Tier 1 app"….
Sharepoint is another great app, and a great app to virtualize since
it’s one that often has a lot of server components (like like Exchange
2007) and people were asking about our experiences running it on
VMware.   Curious?   Read on….


The results:

In terms of
performance, (omitting the SQL backend – which has been virtualized in
other tests showing EXCELLENT performance), across 3 baseline tests, on

  • Our Virtualized SharePoint server infrastructure farm out-performed the physical SharePoint farm by 4%,
  • But only used 26% of the electrical power (watts) required to power the physical server infrastructure – put another way, that’s a 74% power saving over physical, put yet another way, going physical means 380% more power.   
  • 1017 Watts versus 3952 Watts. 6 Power cords versus 22

Chad also points out where to get more juicy case studies (well, refererence architectures) and us with this question of the day:

would anyone deploy in physical vs. VMware (except the obvious "it’s
not a supported guest OS type" or it’s "not an x86-64 workload")."


0 comments have been added so far

  1. Hi,
    I have all my environment on VMware for SharePoint.
    The only server is physical is my index server.
    I have 6 WFE, 2 Query servers, 2 App servers all virtual + 3 SQL servers also virtual.
    You want to know my experience? guess what? It works but get ready to monitor your env. every second.
    Vmotions are not a good friend of SQL servers…
    I could be taking hours… contact me if you want specific details

  2. We run our Sharepoint enviroment all in vmware. 2 WFE 4 Apps 2 Sql..
    I’m curious to learn what others are doing for DR ?? We are currently going through this process and are a little stuck as to what to do with our Sharepoint enviroment ,, Due to licensing, we can only have a cold DR (turned off)

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