Broad Virtualization Ecosystem Rallies Behind VMware vCenter™ Product Family to Deliver Integrated Solutions for Simplified Datacenter Management

More Than 200 Management and Infrastructure Partners Embrace Industry-Leading Family of Virtualization Management Solutions

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 31, 2009 – Today at VMworld 2009, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, announced broad support from its virtualization partner ecosystem, with more than 200 management and infrastructure partners supporting the VMware vCenter™ family of virtualization management products.  (See related press release also announced today: “VMware Ushers in a New Era of IT Management to Drive Business Agility with VMware vCenter Product Family.”) The company also announced expanded participation in its VMware Ready Management program. This robust ecosystem, which includes technology partners BMC, CA, Cisco, EMC, HP, IBM, Symantec and many others, extends the virtualization management capabilities of the VMware vCenter Product Family to enable integrated system management for customers of all sizes. Several of these partners are also taking VMware vCenter products to market with their own solutions through resell and OEM agreements with VMware.

Read what partners are saying about the VMware vCenter Product Family.

VMware works with a variety of partners on complementary products and solutions that help provide customers with complete, end-to-end infrastructure solutions that manage physical and virtual resources with consistent processes across the enterprise. Combined with the VMware vCenter Product Family and VMware vSphere™ 4, the industry-leading virtualization platform, customers can implement solutions that protect their investments in training and existing tools while providing best-of-breed capabilities across their infrastructures.

“As customers continue their journey toward building private clouds with VMware vSphere™ 4, integrated and consistent management of their mixed physical and virtual environments is a top priority,” said Brian Byun, vice president of global alliances, VMware. “We are excited to see our ecosystem partners work with VMware to integrate their solutions with the VMware vCenter™ family of products to deliver end-to-end management solutions for customers.”

VMware works with more than 200 management and infrastructure partners who cumulatively offer more than 300 products that support or integrate with VMware vSphere 4. Many leading companies have also joined the VMware Ready Management Program, which provides partners with full access to a rich set of functionality and integration interfaces for the VMware vCenter Product Family. The program also provides technical qualification, integration best practices and logo usage that offer customers an easy way to identify products that comply with VMware standards to tightly integrate with or extend native VMware vCenter management capabilities. This enables customers to more quickly deploy management solutions and drive new levels of agility and automation in the datacenter.

VMware provides ecosystem partners with numerous integration and co-development programs that enable them to use VMware APIs and interfaces to build advanced technology integrations to deliver value-added solutions. These integrations plug seamlessly into VMware vCenter products, providing simplified integration capabilities, backward compatibility with previous versions of VMware software, and new interfaces that support industry-leading management solutions.

About VMworld 2009
Now in its sixth year, VMworld 2009, with more than 10,000 attendees and over 200 sponsors and exhibitors, is the must-attend event for IT professionals looking for actionable ideas, innovative products and best practices for virtualizing their business – from the desktop to the datacenter to the cloud.  Under the theme "Hello Freedom," VMware and virtualization are changing the world of IT – no longer is IT tethered to complicated, expensive and inefficient systems. Say goodbye to the limitations of the traditional ways of computing and hello to the power to innovate. See how virtualization frees the lives of those that embrace it. Super Sessions are being given by Platinum Sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Symantec, Wyse and VMware.  VMworld features more than 300 breakout sessions and hands-on labs, led by VMware and industry professionals, and is being held August 31- September 3 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

About VMware
VMware delivers solutions for business infrastructure virtualization that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes.  With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere™ – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion, more than 150,000 customers and 22,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com

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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, customer adoption and deployment of virtualization products and architecture, including our products, and expectations for the release and delivery of 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) the duration and deepening of negative economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iii) 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; (iv) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products, (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology initiatives; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software; (vii) changes to product development timelines; and (viii) our ability  to attract and retain highly qualified employees.  These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.