VMware Brings Unprecedented Levels of Automation to the Datacenter with Virtual Machine Management Products

New Products Automate IT Service Delivery and Business Continuity

Cannes, FRANCE, Feb. 25, 2008 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today showcased four new virtual machine management products that bring unprecedented automation of IT service delivery and business continuity to the datacenter. These products extend the VMware virtualization platform by automating previously error-prone, slow and manual processes.

VMware virtual machines are ideally suited for capturing and automating IT processes.  VMware virtual machines encapsulate applications and operating systems in standardized, hardware-independent packages that can be easily changed, moved and manipulated. VMware’s new management products take full advantage of  the mobility and manageability characteristics of virtual machines to deliver scalable, repeatable and efficient IT. The products also leverage VMware VMotionTM and the virtual machine packaging of an application and operating system to provide one uniform way to capture and automate processes.

Today’s IT departments are under increasing pressure to create, deliver and maintain flexible and resilient IT services that respond to changing business conditions and withstand any type of downtime. The process of IT service delivery typically includes multiple steps: build, deploy, update, monitor, recover, and retire. IT departments are often overwhelmed with the sheer number of one-off requests for providing new IT services or updating existing ones. Administrators also lack visibility into the status of IT services leading to risk exposures or errors. Business continuity has also traditionally been an intractable problem.

VMware’s new products leverage virtual machines to automate the steps of the IT service delivery and business continuity processes, eliminating repetitive, rote tasks and minimizing the margin for error. The result can be scalable, repeatable and efficient IT processes. 

Four New Products for Management and Automation
VMware is introducing three IT service delivery products:  VMware Lifecycle Manager, VMware Lab Manager and VMware Stage Manager.  Each product extends the VMware Infrastructure platform and uses virtual machines and VMware VMotion to enable automation throughout the entire lifecycle of service delivery.

  • VMware Lifecycle Manager addresses the needs of infrastructure administrators, and allows companies to implement a consistent and automated process for requesting, approving, deploying, updating, and retiring virtual machines.
  • VMware Lab Manager addresses the needs of development and QA engineers and the IT teams that support them by providing fast and simple self-service provisioning of multi-tier virtual machine based environments while enabling IT control over policies.
  • VMware Stage Manager addresses the needs of  the IT and application administrators responsible for rolling new and updated IT services into production, enabling streamlined and accelerated transition of applications through the pre-production stages – including integration, testing, staging, user acceptance testing – and into production.

For Business Continuity, VMware demonstrated VMware Site Recovery Manager, which can make disaster recovery more rapid, reliable, and manageable. Traditional disaster recovery solutions are slow and prone to failures because they involve many manual and complex steps, are almost impossible to test, and require exact duplication of the production datacenter hardware to ensure reliable recovery. VMware Site Recovery Manager uses hardware- and operating system–independent mobile virtual machines to deliver a groundbreaking solution, which can make disaster recovery more rapid, reliable, manageable, and affordable.  VMware Site Recovery Manager delivers centralized management of recovery plans, automates the recovery process, and enables dramatically better testing of recovery plans.

“Customers have been deploying VMware Infrastructure as their strategic virtualization platform to reduce capital and operating expenses, help ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green,” said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of products and solutions. “Automation is the next stage for the virtual datacenter. The new VMware products are designed to increase the productivity of IT administrators by preventing virtual machine sprawl and enabling business users to self-provision capacity on demand, and they will bring unprecedented levels of resiliency to all software applications running in VMware virtual machines.”

"VMware Infrastructure together with the new VMware automation solutions, like VMware Lab Manager and VMware Lifecycle Manager, provide us the critical toolset to make the automated datacenter a reality,” said Reid Engstrom, global director shared technical services, Harley-Davidson Motor Company. “This allows us to achieve operational excellence with lowered unit costs and greater responsiveness to business users all while improving IT controls."

“Embracing VMware Infrastructure 3 with our Business Service Management strategy is critical for customers to be successful in mainstreaming virtualization technologies within the datacenter.  As more customers move in this direction, the combination of VMware’s automation products and BMC’s Service Automation products allow customers to automate critical IT processes spanning the physical and virtual datacenter,” said Kia Behnia, chief corporate architect for BMC Software.
 
“Virtualization enables IT organizations to automate tasks across traditionally disparate ‘IT silos’ such as application development, and the IT infrastructure operations – opening up a whole new world for management in virtualized environments,” said IDC Director Stephen Elliot. “Virtualization also reduces the risk of downtime and streamlines recovery from disasters. As IT organizations expand their virtualized production environments, automation offers an opportunity to extend the initial virtualization ROI while deploying IT services quickly and in strict compliance with IT standards and policies.”

Availability

VMware Lab Manager is currently available. VMware Lifecycle Manager, VMware Stage Manager and VMware Site Recovery Manager are expected to be available by the second quarter of this year.

About VMware

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter.  Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2007 revenues of $1.3 billion, more than 100,000 customers and more than 10,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies.  VMware is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and on the web 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, the availability of, and the extent of end user adoption and deployment of VMware Virtual Data Center products for IT management and automation including VMware Lab Manager, VMware Lifecycle Manager, VMware Stage Manager and VMware Site Recovery Manager.  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) delays in production and shipping schedules, (ii) the ability of customers to effectively deploy virtualization solutions, (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 VMware’s competitors and (iv) new technological developments. 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 fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2007, 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.

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