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HP ProLiant BL660c with VMware virtualization optimization performance report

on ‎06-11-2013 07:14 AM

Simply by upgrading to the latest HP Converged Infrastructure can result in savings on maintenance costs by up to 75%, server consolidation ratios of up to 20:1, and reduced power and cooling expenses by up to 97% compared to traditional infrastructure.


In addition to the benefits reaped from simply upgrading to HP’s Converged Infrastructure, you will position your environment for further efficiencies by taking advantage of virtualization available through VMware. VMware vSphere 5.1 makes it easier than ever to virtualize demanding applications such as databases and programs that are I/O intensive. Running virtual machines on larger systems allows for more flexibility in distributing the physical server into more virtual machines (VM) to fit your immediate needs as they change.


Database workloads are widely acknowledged to be extremely resource-intensive. The large number of storage commands issued and the network activity to serve remote clients place significant challenges on the platform. The high consumption of CPU and memory resources leaves little room for inefficient virtualization software.


To address concerns regarding virtualizing database solutions, HP conducted a set of tests using a converged infrastructure consisting of HP ProLiant BL660c Gen8 blades with HP 3PAR StoreServ attached storage. We leveraged an Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) workload with the goal of quantifying:


  • Performance differential between VMware vSphere 5.1 virtual and native physical environments
  • Performance gains and comparisons of a 4 socket versus a 2 socket server


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