VMware offers virtualization speed test

Virtualization leader has released public beta version of test so people are better able to compare different hardware.

VMware has released a public beta version of a virtualization speed test. Called VMmark, it enables people to see how well server hardware runs software using virtualization, which lets multiple operating systems run simultaneously on the same machine to increase efficiency.

The test runs various virtual machines--a database server, file server and Web server--using Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server. But it's not for the faint of heart--it requires a server with at least 5GB of memory, and those running Windows tests will need to be members of the Microsoft Developer Network, according to a blog posting by VMware's Bruce Herndon.

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