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AMD, HP post new VMmark performance and scalability record

AMD today announced that a group of HP ProLiant BL465c Generation 8 (opens in new tab) servers employing its Opteron 6200 Series processors (opens in new tab) has achieved the highest VMmark 2.1 score ever recorded.

The new record of 59.99 at 62 tiles (opens in new tab) was attained with 16 HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 blades, running two 16-core AMD Opteron 6278 processors each. This created a yield of 496 virtual machines (VMs), with an average of 31 VMs per blade, at a cost of $371 (£231) per VM.

The previous top score - produced by a Cisco system - was 42.79 at 36 tiles, meaning that today's result represents not only a performance that's 40 per cent superior to previous tests, but also posits a 72 per cent increase in the number of VMs deployed - a combination of performance and scalability that is likely to appeal to IT professionals looking to construct dense virtualisation environments across public and private clouds.

"The new VMware benchmark is a further indication that AMUS embassD Opteron processors are ideally suited for virtualisation," stated Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate VP and GM in AMD's server division.

"Servers using high core-count AMD Opteron 6200 series processors provide outstanding performance, reliability, scalability and affordable efficiency for virtualised IT environments and cloud computing," he added.

The HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 is the highest volume selling blade in the world, while AMD Opteron-based servers are claimed to be up to 30 per cent less expensive to run than equivalent solutions.

Taking into account past VMmark 2.1 benchmarks (opens in new tab), this could add up to $130,000 (£81,000) saved per single server rack.

VMmark is VMware's multi-server benchmarking tool used for determining platform performance and scalability of virtualised IT environments.

AMD is currently displaying its virtualisation solutions at VMworld 2012 in Barcelona (opens in new tab).

Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews, Newsweek, and ITProPortal.