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“Rules of Thumb” for Co-Locating UC Hosts on Cisco UCS Servers

One part of my job involves designing the virtualization model for our internal unified communications (UC) system deployments around the world. A critical task in this design is specifying which UC virtual machines (VMs) can share a Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) server chassis or blade and which ones can’t. When migrating UC servers to a shared virtual environment, we need to make sure we carefully balance each VM’s needs for CPU, storage, network and memory. Read More »

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Cisco Announces Four World-record Oracle E-Business Suite Performance Results on Cisco UCS

Cisco continues a tradition of enterprise application performance leadership with four new world records on Oracle E-Business Suite benchmarks, demonstrating that Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) powers business-critical software better than any other server vendor.

In four of the Oracle E-Business Suite Standard Benchmarks, the Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server delivered the best performance of any server, regardless of configuration or number of processor cores.

The benchmarks were run in a two-tier configuration with a single Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Server hosting both the database and the application server instances, all running on a single Oracle Linux image.

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Cisco Announces Industry-Leading TPC-C with Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition One on Cisco UCS!

Right before the recently concluded  Oracle Open World 2012., Cisco announced world-record  TPC-C performance with Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition demonstrating continuing industry leadership for database performance with the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®).

The tested configuration consisted of a Cisco UCS 240 M3 equipped with two Intel Xeon processors E5-2690 at 2.9 GHz with 768 GB of main memory. The server ran Oracle Database 11g Standard Edition One and Oracle Linux with Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2. The client tier consisted of two Cisco UCS C200 M2 servers. The storage system consisted of two Violin 6000 series arrays.

World-record TPC-C Result on Cisco UCS C240 M3 Rack Server: Fastest Two-Socket Database Server

Cisco’s world-record Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) result of 1,609,186 transactions per minute in the TPC-C benchmark (tpmC), with a price-to-performance ratio of US$0.47 per tpmC ($/tpmC), in combination with Oracle Database, delivered world-record performance for 2-socket servers at lower cost than the competition.

  • Better Performance at Lower Cost: The 2-socket Cisco UCS® C240 M3 Rack Server achieved 1,609,186 transactions per minute in the TPC-C benchmark (tpmC), with a price-to-performance ratio of US$0.47 per tpmC ($/tpmC).
  • Faster and cheaper than competition: Cisco’s results are 34 percent faster and the cost is 32 percent less than for IBM DB2 running on a 2-processor IBM POWER7 system . The results are 7 percent faster and the cost is 11 percent less than for a 2-socket IBM Flex System x240 running IBM DB2

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Cisco UCS Establishes #1 Overall VMmark Score with World-record-setting 8-node VMware VMmark 2.1 Benchmark Result

Cisco continues its cloud computing performance leadership with the announcement of Industry’s First VMware vSphere 5.1 Benchmark Result published on September 5th 2012.

With this world-record-setting 8-node VMware VMmark 2.1 score of 42.79@36 tiles, Cisco UCS is best in performance,  best in scalability, and the result is the first to incorporate VMware vSphere 5.1—all critical contributors to effective cloud computing environments.

UCS has established many records for Cisco and for the industry with this benchmark result.

  • Cisco is best in performance, with a result more than double HP’s best result of 18.27@18 tiles.
  • Cisco is best in scalability, outperforming Fujitsu’s result of 36.07@36 tiles by more than 18 percent.
  • The Cisco UCS results show that eight 2-socket Cisco UCS B200 M3 servers outperform four 4-socket Fujitsu servers, contradicting the conventional wisdom that vertical scaling outperforms horizontal scaling.
  • Cisco is the first to publish VMmark benchmark results on VMware vSphere 5.1, demonstrating the speed at which Cisco UCS can adapt to support new environments and surpass the competition

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Cisco Announces VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 World Record Benchmark Result on Cisco UCS

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.

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