VMware Capacity Planner Reaches Milestone – Nearly 2.5 Million Systems Discovered to Help Customers Reduce Capital and Operating Expenses

Fact-Based Utilization Assessment Helps Customers Reduce Infrastructure Costs By More Than 50 Percent

PALO ALTO, Calif. – February 17, 2009– VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced a milestone of nearly 2.5 million systems discovered as candidates for virtualization using VMware Capacity Planner, the most proven tool for optimizing virtualization deployments. The award-winning IT capacity planning tool is used exclusively by the VMware Professional Services Organization and VMware  partners to help customers accurately profile their physical IT environments and maximize cost savings through virtualization.

Although current IT spending is trending lower due to recent economic challenges, customers continue to turn to virtualization as a proven strategy to lower capital and operating costs and increase business agility(1). Virtualization assessments from VMware and authorized partners using VMware Capacity Planner provide a battle-tested approach to profiling underutilized IT assets and planning virtualization deployments that reduce costs while increasing efficiencies. Once customers virtualize their IT environments, they can reduce infrastructure costs by more than 50 percent while increasing flexibility.

VMware Capacity Planner helps customers determine which applications to virtualize for optimal performance and maximum savings. In the process of conducting millions of assessments, VMware and its authorized partners have created a vast dataset of actual CPU, memory and I/O resource consumption for all types of applications. This extensive data collected by Capacity Planner in thousands of production environments is a valuable industry resource. Reports generated with Capacity Planner also show how nearly all enterprise applications can be virtualized to gain more efficient resource utilization.

“One of the first obstacles customers encounter when considering server virtualization is the decision regarding specific application workloads to virtualize and how to distribute virtual machines across the available resource pool,” said Mark Bowker, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “Collecting key utilization metrics from the existing physical environment is vital in ensuring successful migration to the virtual world. VMware Capacity Planner supplies the IT organization with valuable analytics to confirm applications maintain stability without the risk of performance degradation.”

Introduced in 2005, VMware Capacity Planner has helped customers assess application workloads on their physical systems and make the most intelligent virtualization decisions to optimize resource utilization. VMware Capacity Planner can generate a complete inventory and usage profile of IT systems within hours. This profile is then used to develop a comprehensive plan to consolidate application workloads, redeploy strategic IT assets and optimize workload capacity utilization. VMware Capacity Planner offers a fact-based roadmap to help enable cost savings. 

“With companies looking to cut costs and optimize their datacenters, it is imperative for businesses to have an accurate assessment of their IT environments,” said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of Server Business Unit, VMware. “VMware Capacity Planner allows us and our authorized partners to become trusted advisers to our customers by giving them unprecedented insight into resource utilization in their datacenters.”

VMware Capacity Planner includes a rich set of components that deliver integrated capacity planning functions, including data collection, data analysis, scenario and trend analysis, decision support and monitoring capabilities. Used to provide quick sales quotes or a full datacenter assessment, Capacity Planner helps span the entire IT infrastructure, from server, desktop and storage to energy assessments. Capacity Planner streamlines the assessment and consolidation process and helps provide accurate, real-time data regarding resource consumption, resulting in better recommendations and a clear roadmap to virtualization.

Free of charge to VMware authorized partners, Capacity Planner can be leveraged as a strategic, value-add product to recommend appropriate hardware, as well as VMware Infrastructure licenses or services. With Capacity Planner, VMware authorized partners are able to better leverage VMware’s industry-leading platform and global virtualization expertise to help drive their businesses. To learn more about VMware’s partner program visit www.vmware.com/partners

Visit http://www.vmware.com/company/news/releases/capacity-planner-partner.htmlto see how authorized partners have used VMware Capacity Planner to help customers plan their virtualization deployments.

For more information on VMware Capacity Planner visit http://www.vmware.com/products/capacity_planner/.

(1) Goldman Sachs IT Spending Survey, Nov 2nd 2008

About VMware
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Forward-Looking Statements
Statements made in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements and are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate, but are not limited, to continuing customer adoption and deployment of virtualization technologies including our products. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) current uncertainty in global economic conditions that pose a risk to the overall economy as consumers and businesses may defer purchases in response to tighter credit and negative financial news, which could negatively affect product demand; (ii) further adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (iii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (v) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products, (vi) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vii) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software; (viii) changes to product development timelines;(ix) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (x) our ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; and (xi) fluctuating currency exchange rates.