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

September 16, 2012 - 0 Comments

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

Cisco achieved a VMmark 2.1 benchmark score of 42.79@36 tiles using eight Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Servers , each 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) 1240. The benchmark’s boot images and virtual machine storage were placed on two Violin 6000 Series Flash Memory Arrays. These storage arrays are flash memory systems with the reliability, performance, and economics for deployment for mission-critical storage.

You can download the official VMware® VMmark™ 2.1 V benchmark disclosure and configuration details at

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 “Cisco Leads Cloud Computing Performance with the Industry’s First VMware vSphere 5.1 Benchmark Result” Performance Brief for additional insights on the benchmark results.

VMware VMmark is a product of VMware, Inc. The comparative results cited in this document were available at and were valid as of September 14, 2012.

Girish Kulkarni

Senior Marketing Manager,

Unified Computing System

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