The Thrilla in California: Debating Hypervisor Performance

WOW that was entertaining 🙂
Watch here Scott Drummonds (VMware) and Simon Crosby (Citrix) debating hypervisor performance.

For the past 2 years, Citrix and VMware have used the blogosphere as their virtual sparring ground for a debate on hypervisor performance. While each vendor has contributed a wealth of information on virtual infrastructure performance to the online community, both continue to passionately disagree on how their respective hypervisors stand up to enterprise-class production workloads, as well as how best to measure performance in virtual environments. In this debate, VMware and Citrix have offered their most knowledgeable and passionate voices in the realm of virtual infrastructure performance: Simon Crosby (CTO – Citrix) and Scott Drummonds (Manager, Technical Marketing VMware). In this fast-paced debate, come to hear both vendors take off the gloves and get to the bottom of where their hypervisors stand with regards to performance. Attendees will have an opportunity to provide questions for the debaters, and the following topics will also be addressed:
• Technical nuances that offer the greatest performance benefit/detriment to VMware and Xen hypervisors
• Effective methods for measuring hypervisor performance
• Barriers to performance scalability

I agree Scott Drummonds regarding VMMark, maybe it is outdated, or not the best set of tools to benchmark hypervisors but at least it is a standard tool recognized by the industry. Also I must agree with Simon Crosby, XenServer is free with much more features than the free ESX4i.

This being said, it is up to you, CIOs, IT Architects, Virtualization Advisors to choose, out of the marketing bla bla, the right hypervisor for the right job!


About PiroNet

Didier Pironet is an independent blogger and freelancer with +15 years of IT industry experience. Didier is also a former VMware inc. employee where he specialised in Datacenter and Cloud Infrastructure products as well as Infrastructure, Operations and IT Business Management products. Didier is passionate about technologies and he is found to be a creative and a visionary thinker, expressing with passion and excitement, hopefully inspiring and enrolling people to innovation and change.
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