Red Hat, HP Combo Establishes New Virtualization Benchmark
Virtualization specs are often compared by “how many,” “what kind” and “how much,” but often overlooked is “how fast.” But Red Hat and HP are focusing on speed through a partnership designed to provide the “highest overall performance” with KVM and HP’s ProLiant DL980 servers. What does that mean in good old-fashioned plain English? The VAR Guy will tell you …
HP and Red Hat used a virtualization benchmark solution called SPECvirt to determine the “ability of a system to host virtual machines that are running a set of typical server applications and is modeled to look like a customer’s real environment.” That’s a mouthful for “simulated real-use case.”
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 and HP’s Proliant DL980 G7 were pitted against SPECvirt. The result? The combined Red Hat/HP solution broke a new record, creating a “leading result.” According to the release, the result of “7,424@456VMs and 76 tiles” apparently is …
… the best virtual performance mark and highest number of tiles, or set of six virtual machines running an application, of any published SPECvirt result.
For virtualization partners working with KVM, HP or Red Hat, it means a win for KVM and a win for scalability in large enterprise environments. Yes, benchmarks aren’t everything, but it’s certainly something worth considering going forward, especially as the virtualization world becomes highly competitive. (See: The Open Virtualization Alliance.)
Like all synthetic benchmarks or stress-test figures, it’s worth taking with a tiny grain of salt, but realistically, it’s good to know. If you’re loving KVM, our resident blogger thinks you should head on over to Spec.org and read up on how the benchmarking software could test your own setup or a deployment to come.
Meanwhile, as the Red Hat Partner Conference continues this week The VAR Guy will be keeping tabs on the latest news emerging from it. More benchmarks aren’t likely, but much like Symantec Partner Engage, Red Hat, too, seems to be focused on the cloud.