Transaction Processing Performance Council Announces First Result for its Virtual Measurement Single System (TPC-VMS) Specification

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) today announced the first result for its TPC-VMS benchmark. Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HPQ) has published the first TPC-VMS result, running the TPC-E benchmark – which simulates the online transaction processing (OLTP) workload of a brokerage firm – across three virtualized servers.

HP measured performance and price/performance utilizing a ProLiant DL385p Gen8 enterprise class server, running Microsoft SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 on VMware vSphere 5.5. Complete details for the benchmark are available at

TPC-VMS is the first industry specification which enables comparison of performance workloads running enterprise database applications across several virtual machines. The TPC-VMS specification references current TPC benchmarks and, as a result, offers the industry a rapid means of running and reporting performance metrics for virtualized environments. Additional information on the TPC-VMS specification is available on the TPC Web site at

“This initial TPC-VMS result marks the beginning of the TPC’s approach to benchmarking virtualized databases,” said Wayne Smith, chairman of the TPC-VMS committee. “TPC-VMS is positioned to become a valuable tool for IT managers to assess performance and price/performance implications around database consolidation, from multiple hardware platforms down to one, running virtualized workloads.”

Approved in December 2012, TPC-VMS is the latest specification published by the TPC. Current benchmark standards under development include TPC-DI (data integration), TPC-V (virtualization for complex workloads) and a new class of “TPC-Express” benchmarks, intended to deliver working applications via downloadable kits.

Formation of Big Data Work Group (TPC-BD)

The TPC also announced the creation of TPC-BD, a Work Group tasked with developing industry standards for benchmarking Big Data systems. In 2013, Big Data was identified as one of the top areas for benchmark development at the annual TPC Technology Conference on Performance Evaluation and Benchmarking, prompting the group’s formation.

“The TPC is committed to developing relevant benchmark standards,” said Raghunath Nambiar, chairman of the newly formed TPC-BD Work Group, chairman of the TPCTC 2013, and a distinguished engineer at Cisco. “’Big Data’ has become a mainstream area of interest across major industry verticals, research and life sciences. So developing standard benchmarks for measuring performance and providing verifiable price and price-performance of systems is crucial.”

The TPC is encouraging industry, government and research organizations – which are interested in influencing the benchmark development process – to become members. Additional information is available online at

About the TPC

The TPC current full members are : Cisco, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, NEC, Oracle, Red Hat, Sybase, Teradata, Unisys and VMware; and associate members are: Ideas International, ITOM International Co, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Telecommunications Technology Association and the University of Coimbra. Further information is available at


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