VMware ESX Server Wins eWEEK Excellence Award

VMware's Flagship Server Product Recognized for Creating a New IT Benchmark

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 25, 2005 — VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced that VMware ESX Server has been named a winner in eWEEK's Fifth Annual Excellence Awards program, in the System and Application Management category.

"We were overwhelmed by the degree to which the products entered into this year's program were attuned to the needs of IT customers, as well as by the innovation we saw in both traditional and emerging technology categories," said Eric Lundquist, Editor-In-Chief, eWEEK. "The products that rose to winner status represent the best the industry has to offer."

"Few products have helped utilize standard servers more efficiently than VMware ESX Server," said Cameron Sturdevant, West Coast Technology Editor, eWEEK. "VMware ESX Server can handle everything from data center disaster recovery to server redeployment. This wide-ranging influence, combined with the technical excellence and clear productivity improvements ESX Server can provide, creates a new IT benchmark."

VMware ESX Server, adopted by thousands of IT organizations worldwide over the last four years, is the industry-leading virtual infrastructure platform for the enterprise. ESX Server speeds service deployments and adds management flexibility by partitioning industry-standard servers into a pool of secure, portable and hardware-independent virtual machines. Customers using ESX Server reduce total cost of ownership by increasing server utilization and simplifying system administration. The unique bare-metal architecture of ESX Server offers market-leading reliability, performance and scalability. VMotion technology enables live virtual machines to be migrated for dynamic load balancing and zero-downtime maintenance.

"We are honored to be recognized by eWEEK for our innovations in the area of system and application management," said Karthik Rau, Director, Product Management, VMware. "This award is a significant endorsement of VMware's leadership in the virtual infrastructure market and reaffirms our commitment to provide the enterprise with best-in-class virtualization software."

The eWEEK Excellence award is the seventh major industry award that VMware ESX Server has received. Past industry recognition includes the CNET Enterprise Product of the Year award, IDG Enterprise Product of the Year award, InfoWorld Technology of the Year award, Microsoft TechEd Europe Best of Show award, PC Magazine Technical Excellence award and Windows IT Pro Magazine Best Overall Product award.

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About VMware, Inc.

VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. The world's largest companies use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.

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