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#1 in virtualization performance benchmark: HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 Server Blade

Guest post written by Lauren Engebretson, HP BladeSystem Product Team


The paradox posed by doing more with less explains the rapid rise of virtualization across the IT landscape. Companies have embraced virtualization as an essential technology to reduce IT infrastructure costs even as it improves the infrastructure’s overall performance and flex­ibility. In addition, the extension of virtualization throughout the data center is the foundation for building private and hybrid clouds.  Although the technology has rapidly matured, there’s still a wide vari­ability in the ability of different application servers to deliver optimal virtual machine (VM) efficiency and performance.


Servers best able to meet the many demands virtualization entails require a balanced architecture to ensure there are no internal bottlenecks that can undermine VM perfor­mance and communications among proces­sors, memory and storage.  One such server is the HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 Server Blade.  It is ideal for virtualized environments and has the accolades to prove it with the #1 worldwide result on the VMmark virtualization benchmark. 


The ProLiant BL465c Gen8 Server Blade provides a unique blend of core density combined with a broad memory footprint in a half-height form factor, delivering unparalleled price/performance leadership for virtualization, IT infrastructure, database, and high-performance computing (HPC) environments.   The  BL465c Gen8 incor­porates a selection of AMD Opteron 6200 Series processors, which offer the highest-core-counts currently available for commer­cial application servers. With up to 512 cores in a single enclosure and up to 2048 cores in a single rack, these servers give you a very dense deployment for your data center.


  • >40% higher than the next closest competitor’s score
  • Exceeds previous world record score by 1.4X
  • Exceeds previous world record number of virtual machines (VMs) by 1.72X
  • Excellent performance density with 496 VMs (62 tiles x 8 VMs) across 16 nodes composed of single-width half-height server blades in a 10U chassis
  • First to achieve 16 hosts, 2X the previous record of 8 hosts


So what does the #1 score on the VMMark virtualization benchmark mean?  VMmark 2.x is the first standard methodology for comparing virtualized platforms. VMmark 2.x generates a realistic measure of virtualization platform performance by incorporating a variety of platform-level workloads such as dynamic VM relocation (vMotion) and dynamic datastore relocation (storage vMotion), in addition to traditional application-level workloads.  So, the #1 score means that it is the best performing server in an environment very similar to the one in your datacenter. 


Are you ready to learn more about the server that works harder for you?  Start with the HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 performance brief and then review the data sheet to see what amazing performance can do for your business.  


Want even more?  Check out the following links for more details:


HP BladeSystem home

HP BL465c Gen8 video

HP ProLiant Gen8 announcement site

HP ProLiant Benchmarks

VMware VMmark virtualization benchmark scores

AMD press release

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