Virtualizing IBM Lotus Domino 8.5.1 on VMware vSphere 4

This document presents the results of testing conducted jointly by VMware® and IBM to characterize the performance and functionality of IBM Lotus® Domino® 8.5.1 running on virtual machines using VMware vSphere™ 4.0. The results of performance testing demonstrate that the latest enhancements in Domino 8.5.1 and VMware vSphere 4.0, combined with the latest x86 server processor technologies, deliver performance that is comparable to a native (non-virtualized) environment. Testing was also performed to validate performance with large mail files, Domino iNotes® (HTTP) Server, and Domino clustering.

Results of functionality testing demonstrate that the VMware platform delivers a number of benefits to Domino servers that help provide a highly flexible platform at a much lower cost than a comparable physical environment. These benefits include reduced server hardware requirements, live migration with VMware vMotion™, and simplified high availability with VMware HA and VMware FT.

Finally, we present guidance on sizing and best practices, based on the lab environment created by VMware and IBM for this testing, that can be used as a reference for customers considering similar deployments.

In this white paper

  • Introduction
  • Validation and Performance Testing
  • Domino Test Descriptions and Results
  • Lessons Learned and Best Practices
  • Summary and Conclusions
  • Additional Resources
  • About the authors

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