VDI Performance and Scalability on Sun Fire X4450 and X4600 servers

While most of our readers by now recognize the technical guidelines for scaling and performance of a VDI setup based on shared experiences (Sun and VMware), it is always good to have a "measureable" standard reference to use as a starting point. Here are official references of a set of independent test reports commissioned by Sun and produced by Lionbridge/Veritest:

The tests were performed using Windows XP SP3 with 512MB and 1 vCPU as the base VDI desktop.
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Great, now do you have any similar benchmarks with the x4440? (old vs new opterons would be bonus points :-)

Posted by John on January 26, 2009 at 12:06 PM PST #

Not that I'm aware - what you see is what there is. I would have loved to see the same myself.

Posted by danielc on January 26, 2009 at 12:21 PM PST #

Not to bad. Pricing is getting better

about $400 for a 2.2Ghz PC, not brilliant but getting better.

For a true redundant option it puts it up to $800 per PC but you could load it up with more users.

Will have to see what intel i7 will do.

Posted by kangcool on February 03, 2009 at 08:04 AM PST #

Folks,

have you thought about performing the following benchmarks also?

http://www.projectvrc.nl/index.php?option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=39

Those papers will be presented at the Virtualization Summit in LA in May (http://www.virtualization.info/2009/01/virtualization-congress-2009-first.html), so it might be good to also have some of the same values for Sun Systems there.

Matthias

Posted by Matthias Pfützner on February 19, 2009 at 12:52 AM PST #

Sorry, the URL for the conference had one ")" to much (blogs.sun.com did convert it that way... ;-( ), so here it is again:

http://www.virtualization.info/2009/01/virtualization-congress-2009-first.html

Matthias

Posted by Matthias Pfützner on February 19, 2009 at 12:56 AM PST #

There is an error in the article on X4600M2. It says 32 AMD CPUs. It is wrong, there is only 8 CPUs but 32 cores. Maybe you should point it out so they can correct the article.

The article is interesting, we see that 160 Virtual Machines can be handled by a single X4600M2. Does that translate directly to same number of SunRay clients? Or are there some additional overhead for the SunRays? 160VM translates to 80 SunRays? Or?

160 VMs, how are they supposed to be used, with SunRays? Or? Is 160 VMs usable in reality?

Posted by Kebabbert on April 15, 2009 at 02:04 AM PDT #

There is an error in the article on X4600M2. It says 32 AMD CPUs. It is wrong, there is only 8 CPUs but 32 cores. Maybe you should point it out so they can correct the article.

Posted by youtube on May 18, 2009 at 05:51 AM PDT #

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