─ AMD Opteron 6200 Series Processors on ProLiant Gen8 Servers Offer BestPerformance and Scalability for Virtualization ─
BARCELONA, Spain – VMworld 2012 – Oct. 9, 2012 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) todayannounced that a cluster of HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 servers utilizing AMD Opteron™ 6200 Series processors has achieved the highest VMmark® 2.1 score ever posted, representing a 40 percent increase over the next best score. VMmark is VMware’s popular multi-server benchmarking tool that measures platform performance and scalability of virtualizedenvironments. The record score of 59.99 at 62 tiles displaced a score of 42.79 at 36 tiles – a 40 percent increase in performance and a 72 percent increase in the number of virtual machines (VMs).
For the benchmark, HP used 16 HP ProLiant BL465c Gen8 blades, the highest volumeselling blade in the world, each running two 16-core AMD Opteron 6278 processors yielding a total of 496 VMs with an average of 31 VMs per blade at a cost of $371 per virtual machine[i]. HP BladeSystem, the industry’s only Converged Infrastructure architected for any workloadfrom client to cloud, offers the performance and scalability needed to support an idealvirtualization platform for IT professionals who are moving to dense virtualizationenvironments as a foundation for building both public and private clouds.
“The new VMware benchmark is a further indication that AMD Opteron processors are ideallysuited for virtualization,” said Suresh Gopalakrishnan, corporate vice president and general manager of Servers, AMD. “Servers using high core-count AMD Opteron 6200 seriesprocessors provide outstanding performance, reliability, scalability and affordable efficiencyfor virtualized IT environments and cloud computing.”
AMD Opteron-based servers also offer superior price/performance while reducing capital expense (capex) by up to 30 percent[ii] versus comparable solutions. These findings, basedon earlier published VMmark 2.1 benchmarks of high-end systems, can amount to $130,000 in savings2 or more for a single server rack, enabling IT decision makers to greatly reducecapex and total cost of ownership (TCO).
AMD will be showcasing its virtualization solutions at VMworld 2012 through October 12 atBarcelona’s Fira Barcelona Gran Via, hall 7, level 0, stand G312. AMD will be demonstratingan HP ProLiant DL385p Gen8 server with VMware vSphere™ and View, the graphics pathcapabilities of vSphere with AMD FirePro™ graphics boards, a static SeaMicro SM10000™server, as well as the AMD Opteron and Intel Ivy Bridge modules for the newly announcedSeaMicro SM15000™ system.
[i]HP ProLiant Gen8 BL465c blade pricing of $11,494 configured on www.hp.com as of 10/5/2012 with two 16-core AMDOpteron™ processors, model 6278, and 256GB of memory (16x16GB 2 rank x4 PC3L-10600R-9). Configuration matchesVMmark 2.1 disclosure document for the referenced score http://www.vmware.com/a/assets/vmmark/pdf/2012-10-05-HP-BL465cG8.pdf
[ii]Based on price and performance evaluations of systems with VMmark 2.1 scores posted as of 8/5/2012. Systemsincludes 2 x AMD Opteron™ processors Model 6284SE in HP DL385 Gen8 server posting a VMmark 2.1 score of 8.31 @ 8 Tiles per 2 host systems with 32 VMs per server and including 128GB (8×16 GB DDR3-1600) memory, 1x15K 450GB SAS HD, and base warranty at a cost of $8,908 for server hardware and $6,990 for VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus software; 2 x Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors in HP DL380p Gen 8 server posting a VMmark 2.1 score of 11.05 @ 10 Tiles for two host systems with 40 VMs per server with 256GB (16×16 GB DDR3-1600) memory, 1x15K 450GB SAS HD, base warranty at a cost of $15,525 for server hardware and $6990 for VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus software.System prices as of 8/5/2012 from www.hp.com and software price as of 8/5/2012 from www.vmware.com. 30% cap-exexpenditure reduction is based on comparison of server costs including software. SVR-215