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July 19, 2012

Cisco News - Violin Memory Serves Cisco to Set New VMware VMmark 2.1 Benchmark Record

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Cisco (News - Alert) has reportedly set a new world record in cloud computing performance, citing its VMware VMmark 2.1 benchmark test results. The company reportedly used the storage platform delivered to it from Violin Memory, and the benchmark results are a testimony of Violin’s capability of providing the infrastructure necessary to support virtualized and cloud environments.

VMmark 2.1, the industry's Virtualization Platform Benchmark VMmark 2.1, is stated to be the first ever multi-server datacenter virtualization benchmark, being used by hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors and other organizations to measure the performance and scalability of applications running in virtualized environments.

The testing consists of a range of common platform-level workloads such as the live migration of virtual machines, cloning and deploying of virtual machines, and automatic virtual machine load balancing across the data center. The end-to-end performance from server to storage is also required to attain the best results.

Cisco reportedly used the Violin 6000 Series flash Memory Array, an all-silicon systems with the reliability, performance and economics to be deployed as mission critical primary storage. These arrays are tightly integrated systems built from the chip to the chassis to intelligently aggregate flash memory.

The VMmark 2.1 results revealed that these arrays possess the best combined IOPS and latency to virtualize and consolidate demanding business critical applications and desktops.

“Cisco UCS has established the best VMmark scores for 2-socket servers, and storage performance was a key requirement,” said Don Basile, CEO at Violin Memory. “With industry-leading random IO performance, economics and sustained low latency, the Violin 6000 was the obvious storage infrastructure choice for this effort. Offering the best IOPS per terabyte, Violin enables storage consolidation just like Cisco UCS drives server consolidation.”

Cisco asserted that it achieved a VMmark 2.1 benchmark score of 11.30@10 tiles, using two Cisco UCS B200 M3 Blade Servers and a Violin flash memory array.

Violin solutions have the capability to supply enough performance to replace multiple racks of traditional disk arrays for savings of both CAPEX and OPEX (News - Alert).

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Edited by Braden Becker

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