This post was written by Waseem Raja, an engineer on the Dell Solutions Performance Anaylsis team

Dell beats the competition once again when it comes to virtualization performance!

The Dell PowerEdge R720 servers achieved a score of 11.39 @ 10 tiles in our latest VMmark 2.1 benchmark result.  This result tops similar Intel Xeon E5-2600 based results from Cisco, HP and IBM, regardless of form factor.

Here’s how the Dell PowerEdge R720 result compares to published results on Cisco UCS, HP ProLiant and IBM servers:

This is the first Dell result to use Violin flash memory arrays as the shared storage for the virtual machines. With these arrays Dell customers can achieve high IOPS with sustained low latencies. 

Each PowerEdge R720 was configured with two Intel Xeon E5-2690 processors and 256 GB of memory. The load-driving clients were also Dell PowerEdge servers and we used Dell PowerConnect switches for the networking. This result showcases how leveraging various Dell components along with optimized storage can provide breakthrough solutions for customers.

VMmark 2.1 is an industry standard benchmark used to measure the performance and scalability of a virtualized environment. It constitutes application-level workloads along with platform-level workloads (vMotion, Storage vMotion and Deploy operation) for a realistic measure of virtualization performance. 

VMware® VMmark® is a product of VMware, Inc. Comparsion above based on Dell PowerEdge R720 result of 11.39 @ 10 tiles submitted to VMware as of 12/11/2012 compared to best published 32-core VMmark 2.1.1 results from Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM published as of 12/10/2012.