Greenplum Database Performance on VMware vSphere 5.5

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August 26, 2013

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This paper presents the results of experiments which demonstrate the Pivotal Greenplum database performs well on vSphere 5.5, providing a reduction of 11% in analytic process time when compared to the same hardware configuration in a physical environment. This paper addresses these performance characteristics: The performance implications of running Greenplum segment servers in a virtual environment versus on a physical environment. The performance impact of scaling out with multiple and Greenplum segment server virtual machines on each host. Performance best practice recommendations for the virtualized Greenplum database environment on vSphere 5.5 are also provided.