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UCS Performance Benchmark Results that Matter!

You’ve probably seen Cisco’s announcement on two new world–record setting benchmark results recently. On March 9th 2011 Cisco announced the world-record setting SPECjEnterprise®2010 benchmark results with a solution based on the UCS 4-socket servers. Cisco followed it up with industry’s first VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 benchmark results on UCS B200’s.

This is another example of how the UCS portfolio allows you to optimize for a variety of considerations, including cost and alignment with application architecture, without compromising performance.

A while back I introduced you to my colleague Girish Kulkarni, and you’ll be hearing more from him soon. Here’s what he has to say about the benchmarks:

The SPECjEnterprise2010 benchmark simulates a multi-tier architecture to demonstrate how well a solution powers enterprise applications and web services. Cisco has set a new world record of 17,301.86 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS with a solution powered by two UCS B440 M1 High-Performance Blade Servers and a UCS C460 M1 High- Performance Rack-Mount Server, demonstrating how well Oracle database and application server software runs on UCS.

What is particularly remarkable about this result is how Cisco’s solution, based on industry-standard, x86-architecture servers, outperforms the fastest proprietary IBM Power 780 server–based solution, with results of 16,646.34 SPECjEnterprise2010 EjOPS. This benchmark result effectively proves that a solution based on open- standard, X-86 platform like UCS can outperform proprietary RISC processor-based systems. Now customers can confidently leave behind the vendor lock-in associated with costly RISC processor–based servers, move to an inexpensive, open solution, and achieve increased performance. This is a superb performance proof point by all means for potential RISC Migration!

When it comes to the VMware® VMmark™ 2.0  benchmark results the UCS B200 M2 server delivered  the best cloud computing performance of any 2-socket blade server as measured by the VMware® VMmark™ 2.0 benchmark. The UCS B200 M2 Blade server delivered  a score of 7.17@7 tiles on the VMware VMmark benchmark, outperforming all other 2-socket blade servers and delivering 4.5% more virtualization capacity than HP’s 2-socket ProLiant BL 490c G7 server.

This VMware VMmark benchmark result compares server virtualization performance, and also the infrastructure performance and agility that is required for cloud computing environment, .and demonstrates Cisco’s continued industry leadership. The result proves that you can achieve significantly better performance for your workload and speed up your applications with UCS whether you are implementing a virtualized data center or a public or private cloud.

In only two years, UCS has captured more than 30 world records for performance demonstrating the architectural advantages of a single cohesive system optimized for virtualized environments, and they provide customers with a measure of what they can expect when deploying the UCS.

You can read about these and other UCS benchmarks on the UCS @ Work page.

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