Dell posted its best VMmark score, and its first using Fusion ION Data Accelerator. Dell's new record, 19.79 @ 18 tiles on the PowerEdge R820, is an increase of 80% over its previous record, set last December using flash arrays.
Waseem Raja, an engineer on the Dell Solutions Performance Analysis team, decribed his experience in a blog post on Dell TechCenter. "We consider this result to be a great example of how an end-to-end Dell solution provides optimal performance for our customers," he wrote. "Each tile in VMmark 2.5 represents 8 virtual machines, so we can see that the four-socket R820 was able to sustain 80% more virtual machines than the two-socket R720."
VMmark is a free tool that measures the performance and scalability of applications running in virtualized environments. As the first standard methodology for comparing virtualized platforms, the VMmark benchmark enables users on x86-based computers to:
VMmark generates a realistic measure of virtualization platform performance by incorporating a variety of platform-level workloads such as dynamic VM relocation with vMotion and dynamic datastore relocation with storage vMotion, in addition to traditional application-level workloads. The consistent methodology captures both the overall scalability and individual application performance in the overall benchmark score.
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