Note: VMmark® 1.x is now permanently retired. It will remain available for download for academic purposes only. The VMmark 1.x results page will remain available for reference.
Get an accurate measurement of application performance in virtualized environments with VMmark, the industry's first virtualization benchmark for x86-based computers. For academic use only.
For the latest version go to: VMmark Version 2
The Need for a Standard Virtualization Benchmark
Conventional server benchmarks in use today were designed to measure the performance of a single application running on a single operating system, inside a single physical computer. However, these benchmarks cannot accurately measure the performance of a single application running inside a virtual machine, nor can they measure the performance of a single hardware platform used to run several virtual machines at once. As a result, there is increasing interest in a more effective solution for measuring the performance and scalability of virtualized IT environments.
VMmark: The Industry's First Virtualization Benchmark
VMmark is a free tool that hardware vendors, virtualization software vendors and other organizations use to measure the performance and scalability of applications running in virtualized environments. This virtualization benchmark software features a novel tile-based scheme for measuring application performance and provides a consistent methodology that captures both the overall scalability and individual application performance.
Traditional Benchmarking vs. VMmark Tile-Based Benchmarking
VMmark: The First Industry-Standard Virtualization Benchmark
VMware developed VMmark as a standard methodology for comparing virtualized systems. The benchmark system in VMmark is comprised of a series of “sub-tests” that are derived from commonly used load-generation tools, as well as from benchmarks developed by the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation (SPEC®). In parallel to VMmark, VMware is a member of the SPEC Virtualization subcommittee and is working with other SPEC members to create the next generation virtualization benchmark.