eWEEK Names VMware VirtualCenter a Top Product of 2004

Virtual Infrastructure Management Software Recognized for Innovation and Excellence

PALO ALTO, Calif., January 4, 2005 -- VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced that eWEEK has named VMware VirtualCenter a Top Product of 2004. The award is the third major industry accolade VirtualCenter has received since its introduction in November, 2003. Past industry recognition includes the CNET Most Promising Technology of the Year award and the Windows IT Pro Best New Product award.

"We are honored to be identified by one of the industry's most respected publications for our ongoing commitment to innovation and excellence," said Karthik Rau, director of product management for VMware. "The past year we saw virtual infrastructure mature and become the de-facto standard among leading enterprise IT departments for making the data center scalable and manageable. It is exciting for VirtualCenter to be singled out for its strategic value to our customers."

Used by thousands of IT organizations worldwide, VMware VirtualCenter is virtual infrastructure management software that provides a central and secure point of control for virtual computing resources. VirtualCenter creates a more responsive data center, enabling faster reconfiguration and reallocation of applications and services. VirtualCenter allows for instant provisioning of servers and decreases user-downtime while optimizing the data center.

VirtualCenter provides a powerful way to connect IT to business needs. With VirtualCenter, IT infrastructure becomes more flexible, efficient and responsive. VirtualCenter uniquely leverages virtual computing, storage and networking to improve data center management and reduce cost. Together with VMotion technology, virtual machines can be migrated while running for dynamic load balancing and zero-downtime maintenance.

"eWEEK Labs was especially impressed with VMware's unique VMotion technology," commented Francis Chu, technical analyst at eWEEK Labs. "VMotion allows IT managers to run critical applications on virtual machines that can be changed on the fly, so there is almost no downtime when moving virtual machines files from one host to another."

VMware VirtualCenter received the eWEEK Labs excellent ratings for its usability, manageability and scalability.

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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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