Scaling MySQL in a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4/KVM environment

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This paper describes the performance and scaling of an industry-standard worload using MySQL running on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 using the KVM hypervisor.

We ran the KVM hypervisor solution on a DellTM PowerEdgeTM R710 server and two shelves of Dell EqualLogicTM PS5000XV storage. The Dell PowerEdge R710 server had two 2.66GHz Intel® Xeon® Processor X5550s and 72 GB of RAM. We connected the Dell PowerEdge R710 server to the Dell EqualLogic storage via a 10Gb iSCSI connection. We installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Beta (kernel-2.6.18-159.el5) as the host operating system, and installed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 Beta (kernel- 2.6.18-155.el5) as the guest operating system.