Benchmarks: Determining the CPU cost of virtualization with VMware ESX

Web Performance Inc. just released a performance analysis of VMware ESX Server 3.0.2 running a virtual machine with CentOS 5 Linux distribution and SugarCRM 4.5.1e application. The entire environment was set up on a HP BL460C blade system featuring Intel Xeon 5130 (dual core) CPUs.

The benchmark reports that the same configuration serves 14% more users on the physical server.

While the analysis is interesting, it’s worth to note that nor VMware VMmark neither Intel vConsolidate benchmarks systems were used to perform it.

Read it here.