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Who’s the obvious choice for virtualized environments with the results to prove it? HP, of course!

Guest blog written by Jesse Rangel, ESS CAS Performance Engineering Manager, HP


In the IT world virtualization deployments have become more and more prevalent. The skepticism about running your file server, mail server, or website on virtual machines is long gone. CIOs now look for server platforms that can host their virtual machines reliably and provide the reliability with high performance. While many can claim to have the best server platform for virtualization environments only HP has the results on industry standard benchmarks to back up this claim. 


With HP ProActive Insight architecture, HP ProLiant Gen8 servers continuously monitor more than a thousand system parameters to optimize application performance and proactively decrease downtime. It is this architecture that takes HP ProLiant servers to higher levels of reliability.


Today, HP holds leadership in the two most popular virtualization benchmarks in the Industry. On the SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark, HP holds leadership in every category with the #1 2P ProLiant DL380p Gen8, the #1 4P ProLiant DL580 G7, and #1 overall leadership 8P ProLiant  DL980 [1]. With SPECvirt_sc2010 using Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 (KVM) and Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization 3 hypervisor platforms, HP is able showcase cross-platform leadership.


On the VMware VMmark 2.x benchmark, HP is able showcase its leadership on the leading virtualization platform. HP’s VMware VMmark 2.x benchmark records include: #1 4P ProLiant DL560p Gen8, #1 8P ProLiant DL980, and #1 overall leadership using a multi-node solution with the ProLiant BL465c Gen8 [2].

HP is the first vendor to publish a multi-node result with this level of total hosts (16) with a world record result of 59.99 @ 62 tiles as further proof that with HP you can obtain higher levels of scalability.


About the SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark [3]

SPECvirt_sc2010 is SPEC's first benchmark addressing performance evaluation of datacenter servers used in virtualized server consolidation. SPECvirt_sc2010 measures the end-to-end performance of all system components including the hardware, virtualization platform, the virtualized guest operating system, and application software. The benchmark supports hardware virtualization, operating system virtualization, and hardware partitioning schemes.


Being a Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC) benchmark, SPECvirt_sc2010 is a peer-reviewed benchmark that provides a way for server vendors to compare benchmark results in a fair manner. More information about the results can be found at the SPECvirt_sc2010 Web page.



About the VMmark benchmark [4]

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. The benchmark system in VMmark 2.x is comprised of a series of “sub-tests” that are derived from commonly used load-generation tools and commonly initiated virtualization administration tasks.


The VMmark 2.x benchmark features a tile-based scheme for measuring application performance and provides a consistent methodology that captures both the overall scalability and individual application performance. The total number of tiles that a multi-host platform can accommodate and the performance of each individual workload within the tile determine the overall benchmark score. A tile is defined as 8 VMs to run the workload mix listed: Mail server (Microsoft Exchange), Standby server, web server for Social Networking application (Olio), database server for Social Networking application (Olio), 3 web servers for eCommerce application (DVD Store 2), and data base server for eCommerce application (DVD Store 2).


So when it comes to virtualization deployments, you don’t need to look any further than HP ProLiant Gen8 ServersHP ProLiant servers offer the reliability and leading performance levels that your customers demand.


We don’t just make claims; we make them matter by backing them up with results.



[1] SPEC and the benchmark name SPECvirt_sc2010 are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC). The stated ProLiant result and the next closest results reflect published results as of October 16, 2012. For more information on SPEC, please see


[2] VMware® VMmark® is a product of VMware, Inc.. The competitive benchmark claims are based on having the #1 8-processor, 2-node performance result and the #1 2-processor, 16-node performance result published as of October 16, 2012. Disclosures available at


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