A Benchmarking Case Study of Virtualized Hadoop Performance on VMware vSphere 5

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October 16, 2011

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The performance of three Hadoop applications is reported for several virtual configurations on VMware vSphere 5 and compared to native configurations. A well-balanced seven-node AMAX ClusterMax system was used to show that the average performance difference between native and the simplest virtualized configurations is only 4%. Further, the flexibility enabled by virtualization to create multiple Hadoop nodes per host can be used to achieve performance significantly better than native.