VMware Infrastructure Wins Best of Tech Ed 2008 in Virtualization Category

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 21, 2008 – VMware, Inc., (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced that VMware Infrastructure 3, the industry-leading virtualization and management suite, was named the winner of the Best of Tech Ed 2008 IT Professional Award in the virtualization category by Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine. The winners were announced at the Tech Ed 2008 IT Professionals Conference in Orlando, Florida last month. More information is available at www.WindowsITPro.com/awards.

The Best of Tech Ed 2008 IT Professional Awards recognize companies who offer the most innovative products in the industry and who are leading the charge in their category. Entrants were judged based on strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage, and value to customers. The judges reviewed more than 220 products and services submitted for the contest and chose 29 finalists, from which one winner was selected for each of the 10 categories.

“Choosing from such a wide variety of outstanding entries is a challenge every year, and the quality of this year’s entries was particularly high,” said Karen Forster, group editorial and strategy director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine. “The winners clearly reflect our judging criteria:  innovation, strategic importance to the market, competitive advantage and exceptional value to customers.”

VMware Infrastructure 3 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.  

“We are thrilled to be honored by the Windows IT Pro Best of Tech Ed Awards,” said Raghu Raghuram, vice president, product and solutions, 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 Infrastructure to optimize their datacenters, streamline management, improve application performance, and maximize ROI. We look forward to raising the bar even further to bring our customers game-changing IT solutions.”

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 is available at http://www.vmware.com/products/vi/overview.html.

About Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro

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About VMware

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter.  Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2007 revenues of $1.3 billion, more than 100,000 customers and nearly 14,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies. Based in Palo Alto, California, VMware is majority-owned by EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC) and on the web at www.vmware.com.