VMware Infrastructure 3.5 Named “Best Of Tech•Ed 2009 Awards Winner” in Virtualization Category

PALO ALTO, CA, May 18, 2009 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter,  today announced that VMware Infrastructure 3.5 has been named the winner of the Best of Tech•Ed 2009 awards in the virtualization category by Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine.  Winners were announced on May 13, 2009.

The Best of Tech•Ed 2009 Awards recognize the innovative products and services showcased at Microsoft Tech•Ed North America 2009. The judges reviewed more than 170 products and services submitted for the contest and chose 35 finalists to be interviewed at the Tech•Ed 2009 IT Pro Conference in Los Angeles, California. 

“Every year, selecting winners from the outstanding pool of highly qualified nominations is challenging, with this year’s submissions no exception,” said Jeff James, IT Group editor in chief and Web content strategist. “Our judging criteria – innovation, strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage and value to customers – are clearly reflected in the winners’ products.” 

VMware Infrastructure 3.5 provides the capability for automatic load balancing, business continuity and power management and the ability to move a virtual machine across physical machines to minimize service interruption. With more than 200 industry and technology awards, VMware is the only vendor delivering the full spectrum of virtualization products - from a base hypervisor platform to a bundle of application and infrastructure management solutions to full suites of desktop and datacenter virtualization solutions. Now with VMware vSphere™ 4, the industry’s first operating system for building the internal cloud,  VMware will further enable the delivery of efficient, flexible and reliable IT as a service.

“We are thrilled to be honored with the Best of Tech•Ed award for the second consecutive year,” said Raghu Raghuram, vice president and general manager, server business unit, VMware. “This award underscores our industry leadership in providing virtualization solutions that drive customer benefits. It also validates why thousands of companies rely on VMware to optimize their datacenters, streamline management, improve application performance, and maximize ROI. We look forward to raising the bar even further with the upcoming general availability of VMware vSphere™ 4 which will give customers unparalleled efficiency, control and choice for their IT environments.”

More information about Windows IT Pro Best of Tech Ed Awards is available at: http://windowsitpro.com/awards/.

More information about VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3.5 is available at: http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/

About Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro
Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro community is the heartbeat of the Windows IT world—a gathering of people, content and resources focused on Microsoft Windows technologies and applications.  Within this community you’ll find independent analysis, candid appraisals, real-world troubleshooting, trustworthy content, and behind-the-scenes insight to help you keep your Windows infrastructure running smoothly. Content is delivered on a daily, weekly and monthly basis via Windows IT Pro magazine, SQL Server Magazine, OfficeSharePointPro Web site,  Windows DevPro Web site, and a variety of other channels including blogs, forums, podcasts, white papers, newsletters, videocasts and more. For more information, visit www.windowsitpro.com.

About VMware
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter—bringing cloud computing to businesses of all sizes.  Customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion, more than 130,000 customers and more than 22,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is majority-owned by EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC). For more information, visit www.vmware.com.

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