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VMware Announces Public Beta of VMmark

According to VMware's VROOM blog site which discusses performance and benchmarking in the virtualization world, VMware has announced the public beta release of VMmark is now available. It can be found at http://www.vmware.com/beta/vmmark/.

If you want to check out the original benchmark design document from VMware, go to http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/573.

For the public beta release, VMmark has undergone some key changes from that original specification in order to simplify benchmark setup and execution such as:

  • Distribution of virtual appliances for the Linux-based workloads. Our good friends at Novell have graciously agreed to allow us to redistribute SUSE SLES10 VMs for the database server, file server, and web server components of VMmark. Users will still need to do some simple setup and configuration. Otherwise, the servers are ready to go.

  • Distribution of an XML-based open-source benchmarking harness for STAF/STAX appropriate for choreographing multi-workload benchmarks.

  • Reduction of the memory footprint from 7GB per tile to 5GB per tile. As I related in an earlier blog entry, this change allows us to measure a wider range of systems, including 2-socket multi-core systems with limited DIMM slots.

  • Replacement of the database workload with SysBench running against MySQL. This change allows us to distribute a fully-configured database server VM to simplify the benchmark setup.

  • Bug fixes and workload adjustments.

  • A comprehensive benchmarking guide with step-by-step instructions for benchmark setup and execution.

Published Tuesday, April 17, 2007 3:48 PM by David Marshall
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