New VMware ThinApp 4.5 Application Virtualization Solution Speeds Migration Time to Windows 7 by as much as 40%

VMware ThinApp reduces cost and time barriers for enterprises to migrate aging PC infrastructure to modern operating environments

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 17, 2010 —VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the data center and to the cloud, today announced the availability of VMware’s ThinApp 4.5 application virtualization solution.  ThinApp 4.5 enables rapid adoption of Microsoft Windows 7 in the enterprise by providing compatibility for legacy and custom applications across multiple Windows operating system environments. With ThinApp 4.5, enterprises can quickly migrate existing applications to new Windows operating systems such as Microsoft Windows 7, eliminating conflicts between operating environments, and extending the life of application investments.

According to the January 2010 Enterprise Strategy Group study (ESG), more than 75% of enterprises refreshing their desktops in the next 24 months are expected to migrate to Windows 7. ESG projects that of those looking to extend existing hardware, 62% will likely upgrade their existing operating systems to Windows 7. It is expected that this move will require enterprises to migrate not just desktop systems, but a complete inventory of legacy packaged and custom built applications. VMware data shows that leveraging ThinApp 4.5 for application virtualization can reduce the costs associated with migration by as much as 25% while migrating systems up to 40% faster by accelerating the application compatibility, testing and deployment processes required for application migration

“Upgrading to Windows 7 is a strategic imperative for enterprises that carries a significant operational and cost barrier,” said Jocelyn Goldfein, Vice President and General Manager, Desktop Buiness Unit.  “Customers know that they must upgrade their aging PC infrastructures to remain competitive and to continue to receive the operating system support required to run their businesses. But the process of testing, coding, migrating and deploying decades of applications without interrupting business operations is a daunting cost and commitment. Application virtualization via ThinApp is a proven solution to help enterprises address this challenge, enabling them to meet their strategic goals quickly and cost effectively.”

“IDC expects the industry to embark on a massive shift to Windows 7, but that movement will be hampered by lingering application compatibility problems that will extend for years to come. For many organizations, application virtualization will become an essential tool to reduce the complexity and cost of packaging and deploying applications aboard Windows 7,” said Al Gillen, program VP, System Software. "Application virtualization solutions such as VMware ThinApp 4.5 can solve some of the more difficult application migration problems, and give customers a better-managed application infrastructure in the process."

VMware ThinApp 4.5 new advanced enterprise features include:

  • Simplified application migration to Windows 7 - Eliminates costly recoding, reduces regression testing to accelerate application deployment to a new OS while minimizing risks of downtime.
  • Broad Windows 64-bit support – supports 32-bit and 64-bit Windows from NT to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.
  • Easy Upgrade from older ThinApp Applications with Relink - convert existing ThinApps to the new ThinApp 4.5 format without the need of associated project files for the applications.
  • Advanced Performance Accelerator - reduced page file usage for virtual applications allows for quicker application invocation and reduces network bandwidth by as much as 50%.
  • Secure Registry Journaling Protection - ensure registry file integrity and eliminate potential data corruption due to crash or system failure.
  • Enhanced Community Support – enables sharing of application packaging status and techniques in the ThinApp Community Portal.

VMware ThinApp Application virtualization software isolates applications from the operating environment, increasing compatibility and manageability across multiple operating systems common in the enterprise. By enabling enterprises to manage and deliver applications from a central source, VMware ThinApp streamlines application security, updates, patches and performance while delivering applications instantly to nearly any device. The result is significantly reduced application management costs of up to 60%. Increased compatibility across operating systems ensures investment protection for legacy and custom applications even as the underlying operating system changes. Enterprises considering upgrading to Windows 7 can avoid the costly process of recoding, retesting and recertifying existing applications on the new operating systems through application virtualization on VMware ThinApp.

Pricing and Availability

VMware ThinApp 4.5 will be generally available on March 17, 2010, through VMware sales and the company’s extensive network of OEM partners and channel partners. Pricing for VMware ThinApp Suite is $5000.00. VMware ThinApp is also bundled in View Premier for $250 per concurrent user.

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 2009 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 170,000 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

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 expected migration to Windows 7 and the utilization of ThinApp and related savings by enterprises upgrading to Windows 7. 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) changes in macroeconomic 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; and (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software..  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-Q and Form 10-K and current reports on Form 8-K that VMware may file from time to time.  VMware disclaims any obligation, except as required by law, to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.