VMware ESX Hypervisor is Hands-Down Product of Choice for Windows Administrators

Windows IT Pro Names VMware ESX Product of the Year

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 11, 2008 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced that the industry’s most popular and reliable hypervisor, VMware ESX, has been named Product of the Year by Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro magazine.

“The 2008 Editor’s Best Awards utilize our editors’ product knowledge and subject matter expertise to identify exceptional products that benefit the Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine reader communities,” said Jeff Lewis, group publisher, Penton Media. “Our editors selected winners based on the product’s strategic importance to the market, its competitive advantages and its value to the customer.” 

“Our editors are tough, in-the-trenches critics,” Lewis continued. “They demand solid value and performance from the products they select.  Editor’s Best Award winners can feel proud that the products and services they developed have earned the respect and recognition of the Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Magazine editorial staff.”

Since 2001, VMware ESX has set the standard for building a dynamic, self-optimizing IT infrastructure. With VMware Infrastructure 3, the industry-leading datacenter virtualization and management suite, customers can add to ESX the benefits of centralized management, automatic load balancing, business continuity, power management and the ability to move a virtual machine across physical machines to minimize service interruption. VMware ESX delivers the highest levels of performance, scalability and robustness, and has been deployed by 100% of the Fortune 100 and more than 120,000 customers.

Based on the proven and battle-tested technology found in ESX, VMware recently announced that its standalone ESXi hypervisor is now available for free—accelerating the move towards the 100% virtualized datacenter.

“We’re excited to make the world’s best hypervisor and now Product of the Year, available to companies of all sizes at the best price,” said Raghu Raghuram, vice president, products and solutions, VMware. “VMware ESXi, based on technology that has been proven in the world’s most demanding application environments, is also easy to use. Customers can go from installation to running virtual machines in minutes.”

For more information on VMware ESX, please visit: http://vmware.com/products/vi/esx/
To download VMware ESXi now for free, please visit: http://www.vmware.com/products/esxi/


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