Note: I have to confess up front that I cannot take credit for this list, but it was recently forwarded to me and I wanted to share…

As a follow on from my post on performance, here is a set of resources that are Microsoft and 3rd party that might be of interest. They are primarily technical, but will be a big help when looking at architecting your virtualization solution..

 

Title of Performance Materials

Hyper-V performance comparison: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2 and R2 with Intel Xeon processor X5570- and E5450-based servers http://www.principledtechnologies.com/clients/reports/Microsoft/HyperVR2_0709.pdf

1,000,000 IOPS with iSCSI - That's Not a Typo… http://communities.intel.com/community/openportit/server/blog/2010/01/19/1000000-iops-with-iscsi--thats-not-a-typo

AMD and Windows Server 2008 R2 + Virtualization https://academymobile.microsoft.com/AcademyLive/Pages/PodcastDetail.aspx?itemId=1571&psid=,16385,&caid=&csId=%257b38cf0515-9906-482a-8fd5-8e79ce78830f%257d%2540%257bF933AF51-7E82-4A33-BCF8-BCA268E54679%257d

NetApp Solution Guide: Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint Server Mixed Workload on Microsoft Hyper-V and NetApp Fabric MetroCluster http://media.netapp.com/documents/tr-3804.pdf

Avanade - IT Firm Virtualizes Databases: Trims Servers 85 Percent, Ups Performance 50 Percent http://www.microsoft.com/casestudies/Case_Study_Detail.aspx?CaseStudyID=4000006429

Virtual Hard Disk Performance - Windows Server 2008 / Windows Server 2008 R2 / Windows 7 http://blogs.msdn.com/tvoellm/archive/2010/02/27/windows-server-2008-r2-virtual-hard-disk-vhd-performance-paper.aspx

Windows Server Performance Team Blog - Windows Server Operating System Performance information, tools and discussion http://blogs.technet.com/winserverperformance/

Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2 IDE vs. SCSI Performance http://www.nodnarb.net/post/2009/11/30/Microsoft-Hyper-V-2008-R2-IDE-vs-SCSI-Performance.aspx

Benchmarking Hyper-V on Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 http://capitalhead.com/articles/benchmarking-hyper-v-on-windows-server-2008-r2-x64.aspx

Virtualization Performance of SAP ERP* Solutions on the Intel Xeon Processor 5500 Series with Microsoft Hyper-V http://download.intel.com/business/software/testimonials/downloads/xeon5500/323041.pdf

A Performance Comparison of AMD OpteronTM Processors with Microsoft® Hyper-VTM Server 2008 R2 http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/pedge/en/poweredge-amd-hyperv-whitepaper.pdf

Implementing Microsoft® Windows Server® 2008 R2 Hyper-V™ and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 on HP ProLiant servers http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bc/docs/support/SupportManual/c01925882/c01925882.pdf?jumpid=reg_R1002_USEN