Chad Sakac was recently touring APJ and delivering his high energy VMware+EMC message with demos, demos, and more demos. His encyclopedia-sized deck of technical gems included a short discussion on VMDirectPath that merits comment. I will offer my thoughts here.
Scott Drummonds on Virtualization
Just over a year ago VMware set a world record for web server performance on 16-core systems. The reason ESX beat native performance is its excellent scalability when compared to the poor scalability of commercial web servers. By implementing multiple web servers in virtual machines on a single host, VMware can drive more web transactions through the host than possible without ESX present. Today I want to update everyone on our work with virtual web servers and repeat my plea: virtualize your web servers now!