Windows IT Pro Readers Name VMware Products as the ‘Best of the Best' in the IT Marketplace

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 11, 2006— VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today announced that Windows IT Pro honored numerous VMware products in its annual Readers' Choice awards, which it developed as a way to let its readers evaluate and recommend the best technology products in the industry.

Windows IT Pro readers named VMware ESX Server the Best Virtualization Software Product and VMware Capacity Planner the Top Capacity Planning and Trend Analysis Software Product . Readers also recognized these VMware products as solid picks that placed in the top three in several Windows IT Pro categories: VMware Player in the Best New Product category, VMware VirtualCenter in the Best Applications and Operations Management Tool category, VMware VirtualCenter in the Best Remote Management Tool category, VMware VirtualCenter with VMotion technology in the Best Enterprise Backup/Recovery/Archive Software category, VMware ACE in the Best Proxy Server/Web Access Control and Monitoring Solution category and VMware Workstation in the Best Software Deployment Tool category.

“The 2006 Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice awards continue our tradition of honoring products that our readers tell us are most worthy of recognition,” said Kim Paulsen, group publisher of Windows IT Pro. “These are the hardware, software and services that measure up where it counts most—in the businesses, agencies and institutions that rely on them to deliver what they promise.”

Paulsen continued: “The IT pros who voted in this year's awards are tough, in-the-trenches critics. They demand solid value and performance from the products they use and put those products to the test day after day. Readers' Choice award winners can feel proud that the products they develop have earned the respect and recognition of the IT world's most knowledgeable and exacting professionals.”

The Readers' Choice awards were first given in 2002 to let Windows IT Pro readers evaluate and recommend the best technology products in the industry. This year more than 5,200 readers were asked to choose their favorite products and services from a pool of more than 750 entries in 12 broad technology categories.

“VMware ESX Server, now part of the comprehensive VMware Infrastructure 3 suite that includes built-in management and availability, has delivered simplified and cost-reduced IT operations for more than a million enterprise server workloads to date,” said Brian Byun , vice president of products and alliances at VMware.  “These products have become the defacto standard for many companies building out their virtual infrastructure, and are now simpler than ever to implement with the availability of newer tools such as VMware Capacity Planner.”

Additional information about the Windows IT Pro Readers' Choice Awards can be found at www.windowsitpro.com/Windows/Issues/IssueID/850/Index.html.

About Windows IT Media

Penton's Windows IT Media, the largest independent Windows IT community in the world, includes the flagship print publication Windows IT Pro. First published in 1995, Windows IT Pro is an editorial leader in its field and has a paid subscription base of 110,000. The magazine is published in 13 languages and has an international reach into 160 countries. Windows IT Pro UPDATE, the group's flagship e-mail newsletter, is the only e-newsletter to make BtoB magazine's Media Power 50 list.

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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