VMware Infrastructure 3 Wins InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award

Industry’s Most Robust Virtualization Software Suite Named a Top Technology Impacting IT

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 8, 2007 — VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today announced that InfoWorld has given VMware Infrastructure 3 its 2007 Technology of the Year Award for being the best server virtualization solution in the hardware virtualization category. This marks the third consecutive year that InfoWorld has bestowed these top honors on VMware.

"The annual Technology of the Year Awards highlight the best products reviewed by the InfoWorld Test Center in the past year that are defining, and often redefining, the role of IT," said Steve Fox, editor in chief of InfoWorld. "Regardless of category, innovation thrives across enterprise IT."

"VMware Infrastructure 3 reinforces VMware's standing as the leading virtualization platform vendor," said Paul Venezia, contributing editor at the InfoWorld Test Center. "Improved performance and plenty of new features including iSCSI support and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), which combines with VMware VMotion technology to automate load balancing and failover, will grease the wheels of server virtualization in enterprise data centers."

Venezia continued: "For both cost savings and flexibility, you'll want virtualization at the core of your infrastructure sooner rather than later."

VMware Infrastructure 3 is the only third-generation virtualization software suite on the market today. The first generation of virtualization provided simple server partitioning through a hypervisor or hosted architecture. The second generation added management, capacity planning, a physical-to-virtual (P2V) assistant and other tools for consolidating production servers. The third generation, VMware Infrastructure 3, delivers robust systems infrastructure capabilities for entire farms of servers and storage, independent of application and operating system workloads and of the underlying hardware. With VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware ushered in a new era for data centers where industry-standard infrastructure farms can be managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different business units or projects.

Among its powerful features that offer customers more than a hypervisor, VMware Infrastructure 3 offers VMware DRS, which uses VMware VMotion technology to dynamically aggregate hardware resources into logical resource pools and optimally reallocate them, allowing virtual machines to be redistributed when they experience increased loads; VMware High Availability, which eliminates single points of hardware failure by automatically restarting virtual machines, providing high availability without the cost and complexity of failover solutions tied to either operating systems or specific applications; and VMware Consolidated Backup, which simplifies data protection by offloading backup to a centralized server, allowing customers to perform backup at any time.

A recent survey completed by more than 1,800 VMware customers indicates that VMware Infrastructure 3 is gaining momentum and being deployed pervasively as integral components of IT infrastructure strategies:

  • 43 percent are currently standardizing on VMware Infrastructure
  • 61 percent expect to virtualize more than half of their x86 servers within three years
  • 32 percent have already upgraded to VMware Infrastructure 3, and another 45 percent stated that they plan to upgrade by June 2007

"We are honored to be recognized as an InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award winner for the third-straight year as it shows that VMware continues to lead the way in bringing innovative and rock-solid products to customers," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of product and solution marketing at VMware. "VMware Infrastructure 3 builds on the award-winning VMware ESX Server and VMware VirtualCenter, and by providing unique distributed virtualization, management and automation capabilities that go beyond a hypervisor, it allows customers to do so much more than partition individual servers—it lets them transform IT service levels, simplify and automate their IT infrastructure and deploy virtualization pervasively across their entire environment."

The InfoWorld 2007 Technology of the Year Award winners were selected by InfoWorld Test Center editors and reviewers from more than 230 products tested during 2006, representing the best and most innovative in their class. Additional information on the awards can be found at www.infoworld.com/archives/t.jsp?N=s&V=84643.

About InfoWorld Media Group

InfoWorld Media Group helps senior technologists connect technology and business strategy for maximum impact at their organizations. Through integrated channels including online, events, demand generation and a weekly print magazine, InfoWorld reaches influential senior-level information technologists—those who drive their enterprises' strategies and technology purchases. Powered by a continued investment in an independent Test Center, InfoWorld analysts and editors provide both hands-on analysis and evaluation, as well as expert commentary on issues surrounding emerging technologies and products.

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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