Brian Gammage Joins VMware  

Appointment of global thought leader and former Gartner fellow further boosts VMware team

London, 10th May 2011:VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced the appointment of former Gartner fellow Brian Gammage to the newly created global role of chief market technologist. Based out of the UK, Brian will work closely with customers to define the journey to a modern end-user computing model that securely delivers access to applications and data from any device, where and when a user needs it. 

Brian joins VMware from Gartner, the world’s largest technology analyst firm, where he was a research fellow and widely regarded as one of the most influential global analysts in the desktop virtualization market. Overall he has more than 25 years IT sector experience, having also worked at HP, Olivetti Systems and Acorn Computers.

The appointment comes at a time when enterprises 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 business. 

Chris Young, vice president and general manager, End User Computing VMware, said: “It’s a real coup to have hired Brian and we’re delighted to welcome him aboard. Having advised some of the world’s largest companies for more than a decade, he brings a very valuable perspective at a crucial time for enterprise IT. Establishing a new end-user computing model is a fundamental component of VMware’s vision for IT as a Service and Brian will play a major role in making it a reality for customers.”

Brian Gammage, chief market technologist, VMware, said: “I’m extremely excited to be joining VMware, a company that is modernising and simplifying IT for all organisations. The prospect of users having access from any device to any application, enabled by cloud computing, is becoming a reality and VMware is a leader in this change. Having advised on these issues for many years, I’m now looking forward to helping VMware’s customers deliver real value to their organisations through effective implementations.”

Brian’s appointment is effective immediately, having left Gartner at the end of April. He will be based in VMware’s Frimley, UK offices, though his remit is global.

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, statements regarding changes in user access through cloud computing and VMware’s role in that change.  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 desktop virtualization; (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.

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