This month, we announced a new record benchmark result for virtualization with the Flex System x240 Compute Node with Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux® 6.4 running the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor.
IBM delivered leadership performance on the SPECvirt_sc2010 benchmark with the publication of the overall highest score ever achieved by a system using 2 processors (1).
SPECvirt_sc2010 is a workload that is focused on VM density, and offers key metric which you can use to understand how well a virtualization solution can consolidate the workloads on your physical servers. The higher VM density a solution offers, the fewer servers you will need, which will reduce hardware, software and operation expense costs (labor, energy, etc).
What’s interesting about this benchmark result is that the lab equipment was all contained in one Flex System Enterprise Chassis:
- One Flex System x240 as the system under test
- Two additional x240 Compute Nodes acting as the client systems
- Four Integrated 10Gb Ethernet switches
- One Integrated Flex System V7000 Storage Node
This is not your classic benchmark lab setup with racks of drives – this is a very achievable configuration that customers can easily implement to maximize the performance of their virtualized environment. All drives are integrated in the chassis which means no cables and no transceivers.
The complete configuration for the SPECvirt benchmark was
contained in just one Flex System Enterprise Chassis
Another interesting fact about this result is that it uses Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) to communicate with the V7000 Storage Node. This further reduces the cost of the configuration because it eliminates the need to employ Fiber Channel adapters and switches.
Read the details about the benchmark result in our benchmark result news release. You can see other results at our Flex System benchmark results page.
To learn more about IBM Flex System see the IBM Flex System home page.
For technical information, here are some IBM Redbooks references:
(1) The Flex System x240 Compute Node was configured with the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2690 (2.9 GHz with 20 MB of L3 cache per processor— 2 processors, 16 cores, 8 cores per processor), 256 GB of memory, and 2 disk drives (600 GB each). The x240 Compute Node ran Red Hat Enterprise Linux® 6.4 and Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor. Result as of April 4th, 2013.
David Watts is an IBM Redbooks Project Leader. He writes books and papers on many areas related to IBM Flex System, IBM BladeCenter and IBM System x. Follow David on Twitter at @DavidAtRedbooks.