VMware Extends Virtual Desktop Technology Leadership through Licensing and Co-Development Agreement with RTO Software

VMware View™ to Deliver Superior Personality Management to Virtual Desktop Users through Agreement with RTO Software

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – September 2, 2009 – Today at VMworld 2009, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, announced it has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with RTO Software to integrate its industry-leading Virtual Profiles technology with VMware View™, the industry-leading enterprise desktop virtualization solution.  The integrated offering will provide comprehensive user personality management and will enable VMware View customers to dynamically provision users, together with their profile, applications and data, across networks and devices. (See related press release also announced today: “VMware Leads in Virtual Desktops with VMware View™ – Simplifying Desktop Management, Lowering Costs and Enriching User Experience.”)

“Burton Group considers profile virtualization an important and necessary part of all virtualized desktop deployments,” said Chris Wolf, senior analyst, Burton Group. “Efficient, dynamic virtual desktop environments—backed by platforms that intelligently combine desktop, application, and profile virtualization—provide a foundation for improved user productivity, increased self-service, and lower IT operational expenses. Vendors that deliver such solutions are well-positioned for significant growth in 2010.”

This agreement will provide customers who deploy virtual desktops using VMware View with a significantly more productive and consistent user experience. Personality management allows IT teams to centrally manage user data, settings, and application access in a secure environment while delivering a personalized desktop experience to end users.  VMware View, coupled with RTO Software Virtual Profiles, will allow IT organizations to simplify and automate the capture and management of end user personality while providing the richest end user experience.

“Our customers want to leverage the most widely deployed enterprise desktop virtualization solution, VMware View™, to provide end users with flexible desktop access across networks and devices,” said Jocelyn Goldfein, vice president and general manager, Desktop Business Unit, VMware.  “User personality management is a key element enabling customers to move from device-centric computing to user-centric computing. We enable IT to provide users with customized access to their applications and data independent of device and location, while streamlining routine desktop management activities. We are thrilled to work with RTO Software to further the movement to user-centric computing and provide VMware View customers with the best user computing experience.”

RTO Software's Virtual Profiles management technology allows users to log on quickly, sync user data and settings between different environments and sessions, and customize their VMware View desktops.  Whether a user is running VMware View or their physical desktop, they will have access to a common user environment with the joint solution. This means user data, desktop settings, and application settings will follow the user, rather than the device, leading to a more seamless user experience across boundaries.

Enterprises can transform desktop management while providing end users with the best user experience with VMware View, the only purpose-built virtual desktop solution.  VMware View helps enterprises simplify and automate desktop and application management using a unified management framework.  As a result, customers can reduce desktop total cost of ownership (TCO), improve data security and enhance flexibility and productivity.

“RTO Software's solution has excelled in the industry because of its scalability, ease of use, and data integrity,” said Kevin Goodman, chief executive officer, RTO Software.  “We are excited to collaborate with virtualization leader VMware to help broaden the adoption of desktop virtualization by providing our Virtual Profiles management solutions that streamline IT administration and provide end users with a truly flexible and personalized experience.”

About RTO Software

RTO Software, Inc. is an established provider of application-focused performance monitoring and management tools. As an innovative leader in this rapidly growing area, RTO provides software solutions to enterprises and software firms that want to improve the performance and capacity of applications operating in a Windows environment. RTO’s solutions are used on thousands of servers around the world in a variety of industries, including financial management, manufacturing, healthcare, telecommunications, and government. RTO Software is based in Alpharetta, Georgia. For more information visit http://www.rtosoft.com

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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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, to, customer adoption and deployment of virtualization products and architecture, including our products, and expectations for the release and delivery of our products.  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) the duration and deepening of negative economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (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 our competitors; (iv) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products, (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology initiatives; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software; (vii) changes to product development timelines; and (viii) our ability  to attract and retain highly qualified employees.  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 quarter ended June 30, 2009, 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.