VMware Named 2009 CRN Channel Champion and Winner of Awards for Support, Financial and Technical Categories

Honored as the Top Vendor in the Server/Application Virtualization Category

PALO ALTO, Calif., March 24, 2009 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today announced that the company was named a 2009 CRN Channel Champion at the XChange Solution Provider conference in New Orleans. VMware won the overall category of Server/Application Virtualization as well as the three subcategories of Support Criteria Winner, Financial Criteria Winner and Technical Criteria Winner during an awards ceremony at the conference on March 10. The CRN Channel Champions study measures overall solution provider perceptions of vendor products and services and is considered a premier resource used by VARs and technology integrators throughout the industry to evaluate vendors and their programs. 

“We are honored that partners have recognized VMware as the top vendor across all virtualization categories,” said Ben Matheson, senior director of global partner marketing, VMware. “We are committed to delivering the high-quality products, support and programs necessary to ensure that VMware remains a trusted virtualization vendor to the channel.”

"Solution providers have come to rely on the CRN Channel Champions study as a way to evaluate the leading technology vendors in the channel today,” said Robert C. DeMarzo, senior vice president and editorial director, Everything Channel. “We congratulate the winners for delivering high-quality solutions that satisfy business partners." 

The CRN Channel Champions survey was conducted between January 2009 and February 2009 and rated more than 100 vendors in 24 key product and service categories. Solution providers were chosen at random from CRN’s subscriber list and were pre-qualified to ensure that they worked in the category, were familiar with the products and had a significant, strategic relationship with the vendor(s) being rated. Vendors rated in each category were chosen on the basis of market share data provided by major research firms.

For additional information on Channel Champions, visit www.channelweb.com.  Channel Champions award winners and related study will be published in the April 27, 2009 print issue of CRN, which for 26 years has been the technology channel’s paper of record, and the source for channel analysis and technology insight.

About Everything Channel ( www.everythingchannel.com, www.channelweb.com)

Everything Channel is the one-stop shop for accessing, enabling, managing and accelerating technology sales channels. From branding and recruiting to marketing and sales, Everything Channel offers technology marketers the unmatched breadth and depth of global brands and market intelligence combined with unparalleled audience loyalty and credibility serving all technology sales channels through an extensive database. Everything Channel provides innovative sales and marketing solutions to arm the sellers of technology with the resources they need to achieve measurable and significant results.

About United  Business Media Limited ( www.unitedbusinessmedia.com)

United Business Media Limited (UBM) is a global media and marketing services company that informs markets and brings the world's buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print, and with the information they need to do business successfully. UBM serves professional and commercial communities, from IT professionals to doctors, from journalists to jewelry dealers, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. UBM employs more than 6,500 people in more than 30 countries. UBM's businesses operating in the US include CMPMedica, Commonwealth Business Media, Everything Channel, PR Newswire, RISI, TechInsights, TechWeb and Think Services. UBM is listed on the London Stock Exchange (UBM.L) and has a market capitalization of $1.6 billion.

About VMware

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter. Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion, more than 130,000 customers and more than 22,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is majority owned by EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC). For more information, visit www.vmware.com.

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