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VMware Releases VMmark 1.0 Benchmark Tool

After a lot of talk and a lot of results published, VMware has finally released their VMmark 1.0 virtualization benchmark tool.

VMmark is a free tool that hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors and other organizations use to measure the performance and scalability of applications running in virtualized environments.  They developed VMmark as a standard methodology for comparing virtualized systems. The benchmark system in VMmark is comprised of a series of “sub-tests” that are derived from commonly used load-generation tools, as well as from benchmarks developed by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC).

Significant changes from the public beta are listed below:

 

  1. Enabled millisecond timing resolution on clients.
  2. The VMmark distribution is now packaged as a .zip file.
  3. Added additional troubleshooting notes to the VMmark Benchmarking Guide.
  4. Minor tilescore bugs fixed.
  5. Reporting scripts added.
  6. Added benchmark results section to the VMmark Benchmarking Guide.
  7. Updated VM templates to better support cloning.
  8. Updated VM templates to fix DNS resolution problems.
  9. Workload parameter updates to java server workload.
  10. Workload parameter updates to file server workload.
  11. Workload parameter updates to web server workload.
  12. Memory ballooning disabled for file server template.
  13. tilescore integrated with harness.
  14. tilescore script updated to allow for html output.
  15. Time synchronization addressed in the VMmark Benchmarking Guide.
  16. Tuning guide included in the /doc directory.
  17. Run and reporting rules updated.
  18. Improved disclosure html template.

You can download your copy, here.

Published Monday, July 23, 2007 5:45 AM by David Marshall
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