While VMware is readying VMmark and IBM/Intel are preparing vConsolidate, two proprietary benchmarking approaches.
But VMware, IBM and Intel are also SPEC members, which is working on a longer-term, standardized measurement model for server virtualization platforms.
In the past SWsoft claimed superior performances over VMware products, which cannot be confirmed for VMware EULA restrictions.
While respective approaches are very different, customers often ask for speed comparisons and server consolidation ratios, more focused on results than what’s under the hood.
Considering how an advers benchmarking approach could damage any virtualization company, it’s understandable SWsoft decided to join SPEC virtualization group, as anticipated in July 2006.