VMmark – VMWare performance and capacity planning

Need to test the potential scalability or performance of your VMWare virtual environment?  Then this tool from VMWare will possibly fit the bill;


VMmark is a free tool VMWare provides that enables you to assess the performance of a physical host when running a variety of workloads.  These different workloads are referred to as ’tiles’ as is demonstrated by this diagram;

This method can be used for testing the scalability of a single workload, multiples of a single type of workload, or a variety of workloads.  All of which may be the use case you need to understand prior to deployment or changes in requirements.

If you are looking to specify new hardware or understand the harware requirements of upcoming projects there are VMmark results for many server types and configurations already uploaded here;


This is a great reference for understanding real world server performance from actual users and companies other than VMWare.



Author: Kevin Fielder

Innovative and dynamic security professional, with a passion for driving change by successfully engaging with all levels of the business. I am a determined individual with proven ability to provide security insights to the business, in their language. These insights have gained board buy in for delivering security strategy aligned to key business goals. This is achieved by understanding the need to drive change through people, process and technology, rather than focusing exclusively on any one area. I take pride in being a highly articulate, motivational and persuasive team-builder. I have a strategic outlook with the ability to engage with and communicate innovative and effective security solutions to all levels of management. Along with a proven ability to translate security into business language and articulate the business benefits I am also passionate about leading security innovations and making security a key part of the business proposition to its customers. Security should be made a key differentiator to drive sales and customer retention, not just a cost centre! Outside of work I am a proud husband and father to an awesome family, and a passionate CrossFit coach and athlete.

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