VMware Announces That HP Is New Member of Preferred Partner Program

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 11, 2001 -- VMware, Inc., the leader in virtualization software for Intel computers, announced today that Hewlett-Packard Company has joined the VMware Preferred Hardware Partner Program.

The Preferred Hardware Partner Program provides a way for VMware and its hardware partners to test and jointly market and sell solutions based on VMware software and partner hardware. Customers benefit by having a variety of certified hardware platforms on which to implement their VMware solutions.

Based on patent-pending virtualization technology, VMware products allow enterprises to drastically reduce the total cost of ownership of their computing infrastructure. Specifically, by running multiple independent operating systems on a single physical machine, enterprises can consolidate servers, decrease management costs, and increase reliability.

VMware's server products offer enterprise IT customers a powerful server consolidation and simplified management solution that fits easily into their existing environments. In addition, VMware sells an award-winning desktop product, VMware Workstation.

"Our relationships with industry-leading hardware vendors, such as HP, help us extend the reach of our enterprise solutions," said Diane Greene, co-founder, president, and CEO of VMware.

"As part of the Preferred Hardware Partner Program, HP will work with VMware to offer one of the most cost-effective, flexible computing infrastructures," said Nigel Ball, vice-president and general manager, HP e-Services Partner Division. "VMware will provide optimized performance and server density for our customers using superior virtualization software running on HP NetServers with NT and Linux."

About VMware

VMware, Inc. is the leader in virtualization software for Intel computers. Our patent-pending virtualization technology allows standard operating systems and their applications to run in secure and transportable virtual machines on physical computers -- from laptops to high-end servers -- with high performance. The result is unprecedented flexibility and manageability of enterprise applications and other computing resources, and much lower cost. Founded in 1998, VMware has more than 750,000 registered users including 5,000 corporate customers in 100 countries. VMware products support Microsoft Windows (Windows 3.1, Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, and Windows 2000), Linux, and other industry-standard operating systems. VMware is a privately held company based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit the VMware Web site at http://www.vmware.com or call 1-877-4VMWARE (486-9273).

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