Have you ever wondered how to quantify the benefits of virtualization to your management? If so, please consider using vBenchmark. vBenchmark measures the performance of a VMware virtualized infrastructure across three categories:
  • Efficiency: for example, how much physical RAM are you saving by using virtualization?
  • Operational Agility: for example, how much time do you take on average to provision a VM?
  • Quality of Service: for example, how much downtime do you avoid by using availability features?
vBenchmark provides a succinct set of metrics in these categories for your VMware virtualized private cloud. Additionally, if you choose to contribute your metrics to the community repository, vBenchmark also allows you to compare your metrics against those of comparable companies in your peer group. The data you submit is anonymized and encrypted for secure transmission.

Key Features:

  • Retrieves metrics across one or multiple vCenter servers
  • Allows inclusion or exclusion of hosts at the cluster level
  • Allows you to save queries and compare over time to measure changes as your environment evolves
  • Allows you to define your peer group by geographic region, industry and company size, to see how you stack up

What's new in version 1.0.2

  • Fixed bugs that prevented some customers from deploying vBenchmark appliance with vCloud Director and vCenter Server 4.0
  • Fixed a bug that caused network settings not to persist after the reboot
  • You can change the network configuration of the VM via the web interface, please point your browser to https://ip.address:5480
  • Updated VMware Tools

What's new in version 1.0.1

  • Added a checkbox to include or exclude vCenter license keys when submitting the data to the community repository
  • The application now listens on port 443 (https), requests to port 80 will be automatically redirected to 443
  • The appliance will now prompt you to change the root password at first logon
  • Fixed bugs that prevented some customers from proceeding to the dashboard when they have ESX 3.x hosts in their cluster or are using vCenter credentials that did not have access to the full inventory
  • vBenchmark application log is now written to the VM serial port. If you are using the VMX package, the serial port output will be redirected to a file named vBenchmark.log in the virtual machine folder. If you are importing an OVA or OVF, you need to manually add a serial port device and specify a filename.

Additional Information

vBenchmark Frequently Asked Questions

Read the Frequently Asked Questions PDF

vBenchmark is packaged as a virtual appliance with the following configuration:

  • vCPUs: 2
  • vRAM: 1.5 GB
  • vHDD: 5 GB

Compatible Browsers:

  • Firefox 9+ (Windows)
  • Firefox 5+ (Linux)
  • Chrome 12+ (Windows & Linux)
  • Safari 5+ (Mac)
  • Internet Explorer 9+ (Windows)

There are 3 deployment options for vBenchmark:

  • OVF: can be deployed directly to vCenter server 4.x, 5.0 and vCloud Director 1.x
  • OVA: can be deployed on vCenter server 4.x and 5.0
  • VMX: can be opened in VMware Workstation, VMware Fusion and VMware Player.

Once the virtual appliance has been deployed and powered on, you can access the vBenchmark application from a web browser by entering the IP address of the virtual appliance.

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