Date Added: Jan 2010
Virtualization is becoming almost a necessity due in part to economic reasons but also in order to take full advantage of the sheer processing power offered by today's technology. This eventually leads to the question "How far will the servers scale in a virtual environment"? To demonstrate the relative scaling capabilities of Dell Power Edge Servers with AMD Opteron processors running Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, Dell conducted a proof of concept to compare several server configurations. The Open Source DVD Store benchmark was used throughout with Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and Microsoft SQL Server 2005, running in virtual machines on the Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 host system. Dell compared the performance difference of the Six-Core AMD Opteron models - the 8435 and 2435 - with the 2384 Quad-Core, and 2222 Dual-Core in the Dell Power Edge M905 and M605 blade servers.