tvond
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It is possible to use VMware vSphere to create a single, high-performance VM spanning multiple physical systems? For example, using DRS (or some other feature), could you create a single VM that would consume all resources of a resource pool spanning several physical blades or servers?

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You can certainly use DRS as you would do it on physical systems to link to resources on other VMs/hosts, however you cannot aggregate the resources (CPU, memory) of multiple ESXi hosts natively.

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You can certainly use DRS as you would do it on physical systems to link to resources on other VMs/hosts, however you cannot aggregate the resources (CPU, memory) of multiple ESXi hosts natively.

André

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It is possible to use VMware vSphere to create a single, high-performance VM spanning multiple physical systems?

No.  Each ESXi blade/physical systems is a unique instance and no VM can span instances.

Not only that, but the maximum number of CPUs that a VM can have (in 5.0) is 32 and there are many choices for hardware platforms that will give you 32 cores in a single instance.

.../Ed (VCP4, VCP5)
tvond
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Thanks for the quick reply. Is there another product in vmware's line that allows this kind of configuration?

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a_p_
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Unfortunately not. What you are looking for is a compute cluster, if I understand you correctly.

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André Pett wrote:

Unfortunately not. What you are looking for is a compute cluster, if I understand you correctly.

André

That's correct. Thanks for clarifying!

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