Virtualization With the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series: A Proof of Concept

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Executive Summary

Intel IT, together with Intel's Digital Enterprise Group, End User Platform Integration, and Intel's Software and Services Group, conducted proof-of-concept testing and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis to assess the virtualization capabilities of Intel Xeon processor 5500 series. A server based on Intel Xeon processor X5570 delivered up to 2.6x the performance and up to 2.05x the performance per watt of a server based on Intel Xeon processor E5450, resulting in the ability to support approximately twice as many virtual machines for the same TCO. It also verified seamless live migration between servers based on Intel Xeon processor 5500 series and previous Intel processor generations using VMware Enhanced VMotion and Intel Virtualization Technology FlexMigration assist.

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