VMware Strengthens Cloud Application Platform Strategy, Introduces New Product to Drive IT as a Service

Partnership with Global Service Provider CSC will Deliver Hosted vFabric Infrastructure for Java Spring Applications; VMware vFabric GemFire 6.5 Advances Modern Data Model for Cloud Applications

COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Oct., 12, 2010 —Today at VMworld 2010 Europe, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, continued to expand its strategy for modern cloud application platforms, announcing a new product and partnership details to help enterprises address the specific demands of modern applications. 

This expanding strategy supports the VMware vision for IT as a Service. Introduced at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, IT as a Service is the transformation of IT to a more business-centric approach, focusing on outcomes such as operational efficiency, competitiveness and rapid response.  This means IT shifts from producing IT services to optimizing production and consumption of those services in ways consistent with business requirements.  This will change the role of IT from a cost center to a center of strategic value.

“Principles that have defined today’s most demanding consumer applications – built-in scalability, new data models, distributed infrastructures – are heavily influencing the production of new applications serving the enterprise,” said Rod Johnson, senior vice president and general manager, Cloud Application Platforms, VMware. “These modern applications need to support dynamic user interactions, low-latency data access and virtual infrastructure all while meeting the security and compliance demands of the enterprise. VMware vFabric™ is specifically focused on enabling developers to build and run modern cloud applications to maximize application performance, quality of service and resource utilization.”

The VMware vFabric cloud application platform, announced in August at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco, is uniquely optimized for cloud computing’s increasingly dynamic architectures. VMware vFabric combines the industry-leading Spring Java development framework with platform services including lightweight application server, global data management, cloud-ready messaging, dynamic load balancing and application performance management. Applications built on VMware vFabric will provide performance and portability across heterogeneous cloud environments. Today, VMware continues to advance this strategy, announcing:

  • New CSC Partnership to Deliver Hosted VMware vFabric Infrastructure for Business Critical Applications - CSC today announced it will deliver a hosted, global VMware vFabric service, enabling enterprises to deploy modern Java applications in a secure, enterprise-class cloud environment. This agreement affirms Spring as a standard framework for Java applications and provides CSC with a standard approach for their global customers who are transforming legacy business applications for the cloud. CSC will enable the deployment of Spring applications to a dedicated VMware vFabric platform and will be assessing  the potential use of VMware vCenter Hyperic in the monitoring and performance management of these Spring applications.

“The development community has broadly chosen the Spring Framework for the development of Java applications due to the core tenets of productivity and application portability,” said Siki Giunta, vice president of Cloud Computing and Hosting Services at CSC. “As organizations move business processes to the cloud, they identify applications that will be transformed to support these processes. It was clear to us early on that they need a simple, secure and managed infrastructure upon which to run those applications. We’re aiming to fill that gap by providing organizations with a cloud destination for their Spring applications.”

  • New VMware vFabric GemFire 6.5 advances new data model for cloud applications
    VMware today announced the availability of VMware vFabric GemFire 6.5, enabling developers to more rapidly build applications that take advantage of the GemFire data model while also extending this powerful data architecture to a broader set of enterprise applications and use cases. VMware vFabric GemFire was originally architected for the most demanding, data-intensive environments, including complex financial services and federal systems. With VMware vFabricGemFire 6.5, VMware is for the first time extending this sophisticated distributed data management model to mainstream enterprise applications, enabling enterprises to more effectively build and deploy cloud-based applications with dynamic scalability and high-performance data access. Integration with the Spring Framework, the popular Java framework, enables developers to quickly build applications that take advantage of the GemFire distributed data management. This integration greatly simplifies the task of writing applications that take advantage of modern architectures increasingly common in cloud environments.

Additional performance enhancements in VMware vFabric GemFire 6.5 enable faster data throughput via simultaneous transactions executed across the data fabric as well as database-like persistence, increasing the performance and reliability of in-memory data. New packaging options will enable enterprises to better match a range of capabilities to the specific needs of enterprise applications while scaling to increased performance as applications grow.

VMware vFabric GemFire 6.5 is available now. Additional details are available here.

Pricing and Availability

VMware vFabric GemFire 6.5 is available now. Additional information will be available during a Webinar on Oct. 14 that will examine how GemFire delivers dramatic gains in speed and performance and faster and easier development of data-intensive apps. For more information on the Webinar, please go here.

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About VMworld 2010 Europe

VMworld 2010 Europe builds on the theme of “Virtual Roads, Actual Clouds” laid out at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco in August. The European event will feature more than 115 unique breakout sessions from VMware and its ecosystem of partners and customers that are driving innovation in virtualization and cloud computing. More than 113 sponsors and exhibitors are supporting the conference including Global Diamond sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC and NetApp; Global Platinum sponsors HP and Intel; and Platinum sponsors CA Technologies, Fujitsu, IBM, Mitel, Symantec, VCE and Wyse. Leading off the General Session keynote is VMware President and CEO Paul Maritz and CTO and Senior Vice President of R&D Steve Herrod on Tuesday, October 12 at 9 a.m. CEST (3 a.m. EST). An archived version of the presentation will be available that same day by 9 a.m. EST at http://www.vmware.com/go/vmworld-generalsession.

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 2009 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 190,000 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, statements regarding the expected transformation of how businesses provide IT, VMware’s vision for a transition to IT as a Service,  the role of VMware products and technologies such as vFabric in a transition, their potential benefits to customers and the availability of new products.  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 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 and computing strategies such as cloud computing and IT-as-a-service, (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.