Lenovo and VMware Expand ThinkServer Virtualization Capabilities

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - September 1, 2009: Today at VMworld 2009, Lenovo and VMware announced an agreement to provide VMware vSphere™ 4 on Lenovo ThinkServer offerings around the world. Starting in the fourth quarter of 2009, Lenovo will distribute and market VMware vSphere 4 through Lenovo’s sales channels. This enhanced relationship builds on a previous agreement to provide VMware virtualization on Lenovo servers sold in China.

Many businesses are interested in the benefits of virtualization technology. “IDC believes virtualization has moved to a mainstream technology embraced by most enterprises due to the potential cost savings and increased IT flexibility that server virtualization can provide. From a cost savings perspective, virtualization has the potential to reduce capex spending and improve server utilization. From an increased IT flexibility perspective, virtualization can enable the enterprise to deploy virtualized servers more rapidly than physical servers and thus react to changing business needs faster.” 1

“With an increased focus on streamlining efficiency and maximizing scalability, many of our customers are looking to consolidate their servers through virtualization,” said Tom Tobul, executive director, Enterprise, Software and Peripherals, Lenovo. “Providing VMware’s solutions directly to our customers with our ThinkServers will help them to optimize their servers’ performance while reducing server sprawl and lowering operating and maintenance costs.”

“VMware provides an excellent platform for running business-critical applications, and we believe VMware vSphere™ 4 is the ideal way to guide customers along their journey to cloud computing,” said Carl Eschenbach, executive vice president of worldwide field operations, VMware. “By expanding our relationship with Lenovo, customers will have convenient access to the efficiency, control and choice enabled in VMware vSphere™ 4 on high-performance and reliable Lenovo ThinkServers.”

Designed for small to medium businesses, Lenovo’s latest ThinkServers offer high performance with Intel Xeon 5500 Series processors, fast memory and lots of storage while helping customers streamline costs by consolidating hardware through virtualization and meeting Energy Star for Servers 1.0 energy efficiency standards. The ThinkServer TD200 and TD200x towers and RD210 and RD220 racks also come with Lenovo’s integrated management module that allows administrators to easily manage their servers with options for remote management. To get them up and running, customers receive a 90-day trial of ThinkPlus Priority Support providing next business day repair, 24x7 hardware and software phone support and priority call routing to advanced technicians.

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VMware vSphere 4 will be available on Lenovo ThinkServers beginning in the fourth quarter of 2009.

About Lenovo
Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) develops, manufactures and markets high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services worldwide and is dedicated to building the world's best-engineered personal computers. Formed by Lenovo Group's acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, Lenovo’s heritage in both emerging and developed markets has resulted in a New World Company business model where ideas, operations and resources are borderless and mobile. With four operational hubs in Beijing, Raleigh, Singapore and Paris, Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as a marketing center in Bangalore, India. For more information, see www.lenovo.com. For the latest Lenovo news, subscribe to Lenovo RSS feeds or follow Lenovo on Twitter and Facebook.

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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1IDC, Worldwide x86 Server Support Services 2009–2013 Forecast, Doc #216524, Feb 2009.

2All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings and specifications at any time without notice.

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