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….
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")."