The importance of reviewing data for Virtualization
by Harris Sussman, Cisco Data Center Solutions -- Unified Computing System
When buying a car, you have a choice to do research, ranging from perusing the mfg’s brochure, Consumer Report or actually driving a vehicle. Choosing a server vendor is similar, in that an IT Mgr. needs to assure the server meets the criteria for their business objectives.
For most IT buyers, purchasing decisions are not trivial, and each organization applies their own philosophies. As IT staffs embark on new virtualization projects, the aim is to reduce cost, increase business agility, and reduce complexity. There are a plethora of tools and industry benchmarks available, but when it comes to virtualized environments, it’s critical organizations get this decision right.
While most Hypervisor vendors have adequate benchmarks for their respective products, VMware’s VMmark is still perceived as the gold standard, The which combines 6 of the most common DC workloads running within a unit of work referred to as a tile. This methodology is still the most sought after.
VMware’s VMMark benchmark is one of the most active benchmark sites where vendors are constantly trying to improve their results. Just recently, Cisco published their latest UCS results http://www.vmware.com/products/vmmark/results.html to regain the number one position using the latest Intel Xeon processor for 8 core 2 socket systems. While bragging rights are important for the vendor, customers rely in this info for buying decisions.
Performance benchmarks are an important data point, but in the absence of a standard virtualization benchmark businesses must do the due diligence necessary to ensure they choose the right Hypervisor. Chris Wolf, A Burton Group analyst posted a nice blog about the need for SPECvirt now http://www.chriswolf.com/?p=303.