VMware Announces VMware Ready Desktop Solutions Program

Validated Solutions from Force 3 and HP Simplify and Speed Implementation of VMware ViewDesktop Virtualization Environments for Federal Telework

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 22, 2011 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the expansion of its VMware Ready™ Program for partners providing desktop virtualization solutions based on VMware View™.  The new VMware Ready Desktop Solutions Program provides customers validated desktop virtualization solution architectures that meet VMware’s functional and scalability requirements and are delivered by qualified VMware solution providers.

As part of the VMware Ready Desktop Solutions Program, VMware and its partners validate the complete solution stack, including hardware solutions for compute, storage and network resources, and identify qualified delivery partners who can deploy and support an end-to-end desktop virtualization solution.  As a result, customers can have the assurance of a VMware-validated solution that modernizes their desktop infrastructure, enables increases in end-point and data security, and helps them accelerate time-to-value.

Initial VMware Ready Desktop Solutions will help U.S. government agencies comply with the Telework Act of 2010 – which requires the head of each Federal agency to develop IT infrastructure that supports telework policies.  VMware Ready Desktop Solutions focused on Federal telework are purpose-built to address the security needs of the Federal worker and include validated hardware solutions from leading technology partners.  Solutions are available today from Force 3 and HP. For more information on VMware Ready Desktop Solutions, please visit www.vmware.com/go/vrds.

VMware plans to expand the VMware Ready Desktop Solutions Program to include solutions from qualified partners with proven expertise in additional targeted vertical markets including education and healthcare.

Desktop Virtualization with VMware View – a First Step Toward a New Way to Work

More than ever, IT organizations are dealing with two fundamental client computing pain points – providing secure access to an increasingly mobile workforce, and managing the burgeoning diversity of data, applications and devices needed to run their businesses. These challenges result from the transformative nature of cloud computing and the emerging post-PC era. In this environment, a new way to work will be required. The growing VMware End-User Computing portfolio seeks to free end users and IT organizations from more than two decades of complex, device-centric computing and deliver a more user-centric, consumer cloud experience for the enterprise.

VMware View is a complete, virtual desktop solution that enables enterprises to improve security, lower operating costs and simplify desktop administration and management by establishing a modern, end-user computing architecture. By breaking the bonds between the physical desktop and the associated OS, applications and end-user profiles, VMware View makes it possible to deliver rich, personalized virtual desktops as a managed service. The result is a more modern, flexible computing model that can improve business agility while providing a flexible, high-performance desktop experience for end users.

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"VMware has helped thousands of enterprises and federal agencies improve security, lower operating costs, and simplify desktop administration and management by establishing a modern, end-user computing architecture," said Chris Young, vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware. "VMware Ready™ Desktop Solutions can provide customers added value beyond the capability of any single vendor; customers can get an end-to-end, VMware-validated virtual desktop environment that can speed time to deployment and ultimately lead to a faster return on investment."

"As the government IT landscape adapts to the changing needs of the federal worker, desktop virtualization offers increased manageability, enhanced data protection, and new capabilities such as anywhere, anytime access for teleworkers," said Sudhir Verma, senior director, Consulting Services, Force 3. "The Force 3 Teleworker Architecture with VMware View™ delivers a rich and secure user experience, while providing an ROI model exceeding that of a traditional desktop deployment and other VDI solutions."

"As government organizations grow their mobile workforces, maintaining security and employee productivity are top priorities," said Tom Hempfield, vice president, U.S. Federal Enterprise Business, HP. "HP Desktop Virtualization with VMware View™ helps organizations safely expand their teleworker initiatives and increase productivity."

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About VMware

VMware delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions 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 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 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

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, the expected advent of the post-PC era and its challenges and benefits to organizations.  These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in information technology spending and government subsidies; (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 and computing strategies, (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud and desktop computing; (vii) changes to product development timelines; (viii) our ability to protect our proprietary technology; (ix) our ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; and (x) the successful integration of acquired companies and assets into VMware. 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 our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.