Evaluating Two-And Four-Socket Server Virtualization Platforms

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Executive Summary

Intel IT and Intel's Digital Enterprise Group (DEG), End User Platform Integration (EPI), conducted Proof of Concept (PoC) testing and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis to compare two- and four-socket servers based on Intel Xeon processors for server virtualization. Test scenarios included performance Service-Level Agreements (SLAs), commodity consolidation on in which memory is the limiting factor, and data centers with power and cooling constraints or limited LAN and Storage Area Network (SAN) ports. PoC test results indicate that four-socket servers based on Intel Xeon processor 7400 series can offer significant advantages and lower TCO in multiple virtualization deployment scenarios.

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