VMware Introduces the VMware Technology Network (VMTN) for Developers

Online Resource Center Features Pre-built Application Environments, a New Subscription to a Suite of VMware Products and Extensive Technical Resources

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 6, 2005 — VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today introduced the VMware Technology Network (VMTN), an online virtual infrastructure resource center for developers and IT professionals involved with software development. The broad technical and product resources made available through VMTN at www.vmtn.net are designed to transform how software is developed, distributed and deployed.

VMTN includes:

  1. Pre-built application environments in VMware virtual machines. With VMTN, VMware is leading an initiative to create the industry's most comprehensive collection of pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run software applications, all packaged within virtual machines and available for download to any software developer. Industry-leading software vendors BEA Systems, MySQL AB, Novell, Oracle and Red Hat are among the first to distribute their software in virtual machines. Entire application environments can be pre-installed, pre-configured and "saved" within a best-practice virtual machine. Developers can eliminate many of the traditional stumbling blocks associated with testing, evaluating and deploying new software by using these pre-built applications within virtual machines.
  2. VMTN Subscription, which provides a powerful suite of VMware products, support and upgrades in a convenient, low-cost annual subscription of $299 per user. VMTN Subscription provides a consistent virtualization platform for development and test that is designed to increase the productivity and efficiency across the software development lifecycle, reduce cost and complexity and improve software quality. VMware products, validated by millions of users, are available in a suite designed and priced specifically for developers. VMTN Subscription includes VMware Workstation for individual developer productivity, VMware GSX Server and a developer version of VMware ESX Server with Virtual SMP for team collaboration and VMware P2V Assistant for migrating physical systems to virtual machines.
  3. In-depth technical resources, peer-to-peer discussion forums and insights from virtualization experts. VMTN is a virtual infrastructure destination designed to help developers and IT professionals share knowledge and best practices and develop, test and deploy applications in virtual environments.

"VMware virtual machine capabilities have become indispensable to developers over the last six years," said Diane Greene, president of VMware. "Huge numbers of developers are leveraging the entire suite of groundbreaking VMware products for development, test and on through staging and production. They're using the virtual machine container as a better way to capture their multitude of software configurations. VMTN takes this capability to the next level."

Virtual machines are rapidly becoming the software distribution and packaging vehicle of choice for developers for two primary reasons: virtual machines provide a straightforward mechanism for developers to promote application best-practices into their software distribution packages; and virtual machines radically simplify the out-of-box experience for any developer looking to test or build on new software platforms.

Because the same virtual machine can run on any industry-standard hardware form factor and be played on top of any operating system such as Windows and Linux, developers can distribute this best-practice virtual machine to all their end-users, who simply need to start it up with one of VMware's virtualization platforms to have an entire application environment up and running within minutes.

"Distributing the BEA WebLogic Platform Ewithin VMware virtual machines is designed to help users develop, test and deploy enterprise-class Java applications in a consistent environment," said Stephen Hess, director of product management at BEA Systems. "Developers and administrators interested in setting up and using one of the best Java application server platforms can work with a pre-configured WebLogic Server environment, designed to be quickly and easily installed without having to secure and provision new hardware or installing and configuring the operating system."

Enterprises that standardize on VMTN Subscription for software development and test enable developers and QA teams to shorten the time required to provision, configure, test and restore systems from days to minutes while enabling them to reduce the cost and complexity of their infrastructure.

"VMTN Subscription is a cost-effective way to give our developers all of the computing resources they need, including the ability to quickly configure systems, share templates and collaborate for projects," said David Meyer, vice president of product management for Plumtree Software, a leading provider of cross-platform portal software. "This will allow them to do more in-depth development and testing, helping us to continually innovate and bring high-quality software to the market faster."

Enterprises that use VMware software throughout development, test, staging and production are able to reduce time-to-market and deliver higher-quality products.

"We have 90 percent of our development, test and production servers in virtual machines. It allows us to get the most out of our hardware, while letting us do things we would not be able to do on physical hardware," said Steve Beaver, systems analyst for Greenberg Traurig, the eighth largest law firm in the U.S. "VMTN Subscription is a great way for people to realize the benefits of using VMware Workstation, VMware GSX Server and VMware ESX Server in development and test. It is a convenient approach that gives development teams the flexibility to use multiple VMware products according to their needs. We have significantly reduced the amount of testing we have to do when rolling our applications into production because we are using the same VMware environment in development and production environments."

Pricing and Availability

VMTN is live today. The pre-built application environments will be available for free download on www.vmtn.net starting June 13, 2005. VMTN Subscription is $299 per user annually and will be available on June 13, 2005; a Media Kit with CDs and printed documentation can be purchased separately for $99. VMTN Subscription and Media Kit will be available for purchase on the VMware Store ( www.vmware.com/vmwarestore/) and from the VMware VIP Reseller Network and distribution partners ( www.vmware.com/partners/resellers/).

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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