The press release describes it as The first vendor-neutral benchmark to measure the performance of datacenter servers used for virtualized server consolidation
Paula Smith, chair of the SPEC virtualization subcommittee, says:
"We&aposve delivered a performance evaluation tool that leverages workloads from SPEC&aposs worldwide standard benchmarks for web, mail and application servers, plus established power measurement components from the SPECpower subcommittee."
Andrew Bond, the subcommittee&aposs vice chair, describes the benchmark as:
"This is a case of the right benchmark at the right time from the right organization. Anyone involved with server virtualization should benefit from running the benchmark in their own environment or accessing results from the SPEC web site."
Intel has been a proud participant in the "SPEC virtualization subcommittee" charged with developing SPECvirt_sc2010 alongside a wide industry consortium which also included AMD, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Oracle, Red Hat, Unisys and VMware.