SPEC or Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. has come up with a new benchmark for server virtualization. This is a new version of its older benchmark – SPECvirt_sc2010. This has been introduced in response to the growth in volume and spikes in traffic that data center servers go through. It is thus capable of addressing heavier and more fluid workloads. Considering that organizations are increasingly turning towards virtualization in order to handle larger amount of server traffic, it does make sense to have a benchmark that can address more as well.
Contributors to this latest release include Oracle, HP and Red Hat. The new standard has been the result of real workloads and performance measures. It provides 4 workloads after looking at real-world network traffic faced by 4 different servers – batch, web, Java application and IMAP.
It is also capable of replicating the multi-tiered apps and database environments that operate on enterprise class virtualized servers.
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