Around this time of year, where I happen to live, the clouds start to roll in. They hang over the great lake and just don't seem to leave for months. This "pubic" cloud becomes my private one, when I would do just about anything for a slice of sunlight.
Today, Cisco and EMC announced that they would form a joint venture that will focus on designing and building systems that rely on virtualization technology. Cisco and EMC said they expected customers to build “private clouds” with their technology. Which is all very nice. But let's come down from the clouds for a second and take a real look at what they actually have as current system benchmarks.
First of all, they are very hard to find. Cisco trails IBM in the SPECjbb2005 results they published recently.(1) EMC as a vendor hasn't even published any benchmarks.
So if the benchmarks out there so far are any indication of what we can expect from this venture, it's about as exciting as a snowstorm here over the lake in February.
(1)IBM SPECjbb2005 8-core result of 604,417 bops, 151,104 bops/JVM (4 instances) on the IBM BladeCenter HS22 (2 2.93 GHz X5570 chips) running IBM J9 VM vs. Cisco Systems SPECjbb2005 8-core result on the Cisco UCS C200 M1 with 2 Intel Xeon X5570, 2.93 GHz result of 570,332 bops, 285,166 bops/JVM (2 JVM instances) running Oracle JRockit(R) 6 P28.0.0 and Cisco SPECjbb2005 result on Cisco UCSB200 M1 result of 568,283 bops, 284,142 bops/JVM configured with 8 cores, 2 2.93 GHz Intel Xeon X5570 running Oracle JRockit(R) 6 P28.0.0 (build P28.0.0-29-114096-1.6.0_11-20090427-1759-windows-x86_64, compiled mode).
Source: http://www.spec.org; Results current as of 11/4/09.
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