Virtual web servers scale better than native

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Link: Scaling real-life Web server workloads Most real life web server workloads suffer from scalability issues such as those observed in our tests. In order to circumvent these issues, lots of businesses choose to deploy web server workloads on a multitude of one-CPU or dual-CPU machines. However, such approach leads to proliferation of servers in Read more...

Five new performance papers from VMware

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Performance of VMware VMI VROOM! blog entry: VMI performance benefits; White paper: The Performance of VMware VMI. (Note that Krishna will be speaking at VMworld Europe 2008.) Since VMI-enabled kernels can run on native systems, the popular Linux distributions Ubuntu Feisty Fawn (7.04) and Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10) were shipped with VMI enabled by default Read more...

More on virtualization benchmarks and their meaning

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Steve Wilson @ Sun talks about virtualization benchmarks:  Virtual Steve : VM Benchmarking Wars. Despite the reports about 3x faster, what Oracle said was actually, "Oracle consistently saw much better resource utilization with an average of three times less overhead using Oracle VM."  In benchmark-speak, that’s a lot different than 3x faster.  In fact, I’m Read more...

White paper: SQL Server Performance in VMware Infrastructure

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Link: SQL Server Performance in a VMware Infrastructure 3 Environment This paper describes transaction processing workload performance in virtual machines using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 and VMware Infrastructure 3. This performance study was conducted at the HP Strategic Alliances Engineering (SAE) lab in Cupertino. The primary goal is to prove that Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Read more...

Ten Reasons Why Oracle Databases Run Best on VMware

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If you still think that databases are too resource intensive or otherwise not suitable for virtualization, or if you think that running enteprise apps like Oracle on VI3 immediately impose huge overheads, this new article from Richard McDougall on VMware’s performance team is a must read. Link: Ten Reasons Why Oracle Databases Run Best on Read more...