New Fling: vBenchmark by VMware Labs

VMware Labs released a new Fling called vBenchmark. The download is available as OVA (or OVF) and the total size is about 457MB.

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

  • vCPUs: 1
  • vRAM: 1.5 GB
  • vHDD: 5 GB (thick), 1.1 GB (thin)

Quote taken from the Fling page:

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

The installation is easy as always, deploy the OVA, fill in an IP, subnet, gateway and DNS server and you are done. After starting the VM you can point your browser towards http://IP:8080/.

At the start screen you can fill in the information regarding your vCenter Server(s).

Finally you can select the term on which you want to collect the data and then you can initiate the query and see the results.

Niels Engelen
Working as a pre-sales with an interest for anything virtual and cloud. Certified as a VMware Certified Professional 4, 5 & 6. Niels also gained the VMware vExpert award (2012-2017) and is an ex-PernixPro.