Assessing E-Business Suite Performance on Oracle VM

For those of you with travel budgets, this might be a repeat of an item mentioned in my OpenWorld presentation this year, but I think it worth while sharing with our readers here.  The results of our first benchmarking efforts of E-Business Suite on Oracle VM indicate that the virtualization overhead peaks are around 2-3%. In other words, most of the time the virtualization overhead is not measurable, and at peak overhead times, it is negligible.

Line graph showing Oracle VM overhead for E-Business Suite instances OVMOverhead.jpg
How were these benchmarks measured?

This performance measurements were done with IBM hardware, and included batch and OLTP load from the E-Business Suite Benchmarking Suite. The 12.1.2-based workload included Payroll batch load and assorted online transactions from AR, INV, FA, GL.

The E-Business Suite performance team is working on further benchmarks, and more detailed whitepapers might arrive at a later date.  If they're published externally, we'll post links here.

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Comments:

One has to ask... you wrote 12.1.2.. what's the version of the DB, CPUs and RAM specs, Oracle VM configuration, the DB platform (OEL ? 5.X ), what kernel, if RAC is involved, etc...

I haven't looked, but with some free time over American Thanksgiving coming up, I was wondering if the EBS Benchmarking Suite and the testing methodology you all used is available to customers like myself so I can test out different configurations for my own internal use.

As always, thanks for publishing this - I know almost every EBS customer system I've seen could easily give up the 2-3% overhead in return for the benefits of virtualization

Posted by Jay Weinshenker on November 18, 2010 at 03:40 AM PST #

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