Since its inception, Futuremark has offered a great number of benchmarks, most of which have focused either on PC gaming or general PC performance. However, over the past couple of years, the company has branched-out a little bit, what with a Web browser benchmark (Peacekeeper), and even one to thoroughly test the battery-life of a notebook (Powermark). Now, the company is looking to branch out even further, and this one gets me a little excited.
The name “Servermark” explains itself, but Futuremark’s description reveals a couple of interesting tidbits:
Futuremark® is creating a new benchmark for measuring and comparing the performance of servers. Designed for industry, enterprise and press users, Servermark™ will be a comprehensive benchmarking tool for x86-based servers running Linux and will be especially suitable for testing virtual machines. Servermark will feature a variety of benchmark tests for web servers, file servers, database servers, media servers and other common server use cases.
I bolded some of the text above because it’s what stood out to me. This is not a Windows benchmark, which highlights Futuremark’s efforts here as being very serious – which is important… the server market is not like the gaming market.
There’s not too much else to say about this right now, except that I am personally very excited, and already have plans to dig deep into Servermark once it arrives.