Performance characteristics of IBM InfoSphere Information Server 8.7 running on VMware vSphere 5.0 on Intel Xeon Processors

With the continuous growth of processing power and the increasing number of processor cores in servers, virtualization has become very attractive for many companies. As more and more IBM InfoSphere Information Server customers begin to adopt virtualization technology, understanding the performance characteristics of InfoSphere Information Server running in virtualized environments has become critical.

Samuel Wong (, Software Developer, IBM

Samuel Wong is a member of the IBM InfoSphere InfoSphere Information Server performance team at the IBM Silicon Valley Lab. He graduated from University of Toronto and he has 13 years of software development experience with IBM.

Jantz Tran (, Software Performance Engineer, Intel

Jantz Tran is a Software Performance Engineer for Intel. He has been analyzing and optimizing enterprise software on Intel server platforms for 10 years. Jantz has a BSCE from Texas A & University.

Pin Lp Lv (, Information Server Performance, IBM

Pin Lp Lv is a Software Performance Engineer from IBM. Pin has worked for IBM since 2006. He worked as a software tester for IBM WebSphere Product Center Team and RFID Team from September 2006 to March 2009, and joined IBM InfoSphere Information Server Performance Team in April 2009. Pin has a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from University of West Scotland.

17 May 2013

This article describes the performance characteristics of IBM® InfoSphere® Information Server in a virtualized environment. IBM®, VMware, and Intel have collaborated to study the runtime performance of IBM InfoSphere® DataStage® 8.7 running in a virtual machine on VMware vSphere 5.0 on a server featuring the Intel Xeon processor E7 family. This study demonstrated that InfoSphere DataStage runs well in a virtualized environment. InfoSphere DataStage was able to scale as the number of virtual CPUs (vCPUs) was increased. Moreover, under normal conditions, throughput was only 2 percent to 10 percent lower for DataStage running in a virtualized environment.

In this article

Intel, VMware, and IBM performance teams partnered for the first comprehensive industry study on executing data integration workloads in a virtualized environment. Virtualization has grown to be an important tool in many enterprises for facilitating server provisioning, easing application manageability, and increasing workload availability. However, enterprises also worry about how processing-intensive and input/output-intensive workloads like data integration perform in virtual environments. To demonstrate the viability of virtualizing data integration and to help businesses realize the benefits of running these workloads on virtual machines, Intel, VMware, and IBM sought through this study to guide adoption of IBM InfoSphere DataStage in VMware environments on Intel processors and provide best-practice, tuning, and configuration information.

This article includes discussions of the following:

  1. Virtualization architecture
  2. Processors used
  3. Workload
  4. Test objectives
  5. Test configuration and methodology
  6. Test results
  7. Performance diagnostic
  8. Conclusions and recommendations


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