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Cisco continues its cloud computing performance leadership with the announcement of VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 benchmark result published on July 10th 2012.

The Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server’s score of 11.30@10 tiles on the VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark outperforming all other 2-socket blade servers. The world-record score demonstrates how well a system’s servers, network, and storage components support virtual machine movement, storage migration, and virtual machine provisioning.

First generation VMmark (VMmark 1.x) was a server consolidation workload. It measured how many VMs that can be run on a single server. VMmark 2.x is the next generation benchmark from VMware that was introduced in December 2010. The VMmark 2.1 benchmark uses a tiled design that incorporates six real-world workloads to determine a virtualization score. Then it factors VMware vMotion, Storage vMotion, and virtual machine provisioning times to determine an infrastructure score. The combination of these scores is the total benchmark score. Because Cisco UCS is a truly unified system, it delivers both virtualization and infrastructure performance.

Cisco achieved a VMmark 2.1 benchmark score of 11.30@10 tiles using two Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Servers and a Violin flash memory array. Each Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server was powered by two 8-core Intel Xeon E5- 2690 processors. Intel Turbo Boost Technology was enabled to raise the clock speed from 2.9 GHz to up to 3.8 GHz as conditions permit. Each system was configured with 128 GB of main memory and a built-in Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Card (VIC).
The benchmark’s boot images and virtual machine storage were placed on a Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Array. These storage arrays are all flash memory systems with the reliability, performance, and economics for deployment as mission-critical storage.
You can download the official VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 V benchmark disclosure and configuration details at http://www.vmware.com/a/assets/vmmark/pdf/2012-06-15-Cisco-UCSB200M3.pdf

Cloud Computing is changing the way we approach IT and Cisco is leading the charge. Although cloud computing environments give users the illusion of having infinite resources, they require physical servers, switches, and storage that deliver excellent infrastructure and virtualization performance along with massive scalability. Better infrastructure yields better performance, and Cisco’s world-record-setting VMmark 2.1 benchmark results demonstrate how important infrastructure choices are for cloud computing environments. With innovations including dual 10- Gbps unified fabrics, the Intel Xeon processor E5 family, built-in Cisco VICs, Cisco Data Center VM-FEX, large memory capacity, and Violin’s all-solid-state memory, Cisco’s results demonstrate the architectural advantages of a system built for virtualized environments.
Don’t forget to check the “Infrastructure Matters: Cisco UCS Sets World- Record Cloud Computing” Performance Brief for additional insights on the benchmark results.

Girish Kulkarni
Senior Marketing Manager,
Unified Computing System
e-mail: gikulkar@cisco.

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