Vmware,Virtualbox, KVM, XEN – virtual machines performance comparison (January 2010)

Vmware vs Virtualbox vs KVM vs XEN: virtual machines performance comparison – January 2010

  • VMware Server, version 2.0.2

  • Xen, version 3.0.3-94

  • KVM, version 0.83

  • VirtualBox, version 3.1.2

 

Component

Host

Guest

MainBoard

AsRock P55Pro (Intel P55 chipset + ICH10R)

N/A

CPU

Intel i860 (2.8 Ghz core speed, 4 x 256 KB L2 cache and 8 MB L3 cache)

N/A

# of Cores

4

1

Memory

8 GB DDR3 @ 1333 Mhz

2 GB

Disks

4 x 1 TB WD GreenPower disks in RAID10 configuration

125 GB max – dynamically allocated

Video

Nvidia 8400GS w/256 MB DDR2 VRAM

N/A

OS

64 bit CentOS 5.4 with kernel version 2.6.18-164.9.el5

64 bit Windows Server 2008

  • CPU speed

  • cache and memory speed

  • I/O disk access speed

  • network speed

 

CPU

Sandra CPU benchmark

Cache

Cache bandwidth

Memory

Memory bandwidth

Cache Latency

Cache latency

Memory Latency

Memory latency

 

Cpu / Memory Performance

SuperPI benchmark

OpenSSL AES256-CBC, 8M block, KB/s

AES-256 encryption

RSA2048 sign

RSA-2048 sign speed

 

RSA2048 verify

RSA-2048 verify speed

 

Windows2008 Installation time

Windows 2008 installation time

KVM Windows2008 install (different image formats)

Windows 2008 installation time with QCOW2 and RAW

HDTune  throughput

HDTune read bandwidth

HDTune IOPsHDTune read IOPS

HDTune access time

HDTune access time

HDTune cached

HDTune cached bandwidth

HDTune cached IOPS

HDTune cached access time

IOMeter IOPS

IOMeter IOPS

IOMeter Cpu Load

IOMeter CPU load

IOMeter CPU Load normalized

IOMeter normalized CPU load

Network

ping flood

Ping flood test

Ping flood CPU load

 

  • Apache 2.2.14 w/PHP 5.2.11 (32 bit version)
  • MySQL 5.1.41 (64 bit version)
  • Sysbench 0.4.10 (64 bit version)
  • FileZilla 3.3.0.1 (32 bit version)
  • 7-Zip 4.65 (64 bit version)

Apache static benchmark

Apache static CPU load

Apache static HD load

joomla

Apache dynamic test

Apache dynamic test CPU load

Apache dynamic test HD load

 

MySQL

Sysbench prepare time

Sysbench prepare HD load

 

MySQL simple

Sysbench simple TPS

Sysbench simple CPU load

Sysbench simple HD load

MySQL complex

Sysbench complex TPS

Sysbench complex CPU load

Sysbench complex HD load

 

FTP upload

FTP transfer speed

 

FTP transfer CPU load

FTP transfer HD load

 

7zip

7-Zip benchmark

Zip compressing and decompressing

 VMware and VirtualBox are the fastest virtual machines.

 

 

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