IBM holds the #1 SPECVirt score for 2, 4, & 8-Socket rack servers & the #1 2-socket blade! beating HP and Bull!
Virtualization has quickly become very important to our clients. According to Gartner, in 2010 CIOs ranked Virtualization and Cloud Computing number one and number 2 respectively as their top priorities. According to IDC, approximately 20% of all x86 servers are virtualized. That means that more than 50% of all x86 workloads are virtualized! Our clients are looking to use these technologies to build a more effective and efficient infrastructure. Initially, our clients use virtualization to drive server consolidation and increase utilization. But that is not the end game. Virtualization has become the basis to provide consistent and reliable quality of service (QoS) and ultimately to enable an agile cloud computing architecture. The end goal is to deliver a dynamic unconstrained IT environment.....a smarter data center.
Given that most virtualization occurs on x86 servers, System x and BladeCenter are designed for virtualization. The expansive memory scalability and unparalleled reliability of our systems make them the best platforms for virtualization and we can prove it. Check out the latest SPECvirt_sc2010 scores at http://www.spec.org/virt_sc2010/results/specvirt_sc2010_perf.html. IBM currently holds the #1 2-socket rack, #1 2-socket blade, #1 4-socket rack, and the #1 8-socket rack scores beating HP and Bull.
SPECvirt is a new vendor-neutral virtualization benchmark and was developed by a SPEC subcommittee (which includes AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Intel, Oracle, Red Hat, Unisys, and VMware). This is a nonprofit group of computer vendors, system integrators, universities, research organizations, publishers, and consultants. Many of the SPECvirt enhancements are a direct result of requests by IHVs, ISVs and end-users for an improved benchmark. This single-host benchmark is the replacement for VMmark 1.x.
IBM System x and BladeCenter are the best platforms for virtualization.....without question. Given that 1/5 of all x86 servers deployed today will be virtualized, IBM clearly has the leadership, function, and performance at a price that is ideal for today's virtualized data center.