Enterprises Continue to Embrace VMware Virtual Infrastructure

VMware, With Its Extensive Ecosystem of Partners, Extends Global Leadership Position

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 19, 2004 — VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for x86-based systems, today announced that it has more than 2.5 million users of its software and 5,500 enterprise server customers worldwide. VMware server products have saved hundreds of millions of dollars in hardware and operations costs when used as a server consolidation platform. VMware VirtualCenter with VMotion technology broadens the capabilities of VMware server software to offer the benefits of virtual infrastructure.

"The customer adoption of VMware products has been remarkable and is a testament to the benefits that virtual infrastructure brings to an IT organization," said Michael Mullany, vice president of marketing at VMware. "As businesses around the world continue to realize the benefits of virtual infrastructure, VMware, along with our ecosystem of partners, will continue to drive real results and innovation for our customers."

Virtual infrastructure provides a layer of abstraction between the computing, storage and networking hardware and the software that runs on it. By implementing a virtual infrastructure, IT organizations can provision new services and change the amount of resources dedicated to a software service simply by interacting with a management console as opposed to physically reconfiguring or repurposing hardware. The hardware management is now completely separated from the software management, and hardware equipment can be treated as a single pool of processing, storage and networking power to be allocated and reallocated on the fly across the enterprise.

By creating a uniform virtual hardware platform across the entire data center, virtual infrastructure allows software to be installed on or moved from any physical system to another without requiring reconfiguration of the software-operating system or applications. Virtual infrastructure makes existing resources more efficient and flexible, driving cost out of IT.

"VMware ESX Server simplifies server management," said Jere Roché network manager at Clark Memorial Hospital, an award-winning hospital that has been providing healthcare services since 1922. "Rather than have one server per application, it allows us to share resources among servers more cost effectively. If one application is idle, its resources can be used by other virtual machines. It maximizes resource utilization, provides seamless service and saves us electrical circuits."

"VMware ESX Server brings the best practices of the mainframe into the 21st century," said Andy Ruby, manager of infrastructure design at Prudential UK, a leading provider of financial products and services to more than 7 million customers. "Consolidating our servers has allowed us to manage resources more effectively and react to business pressures more quickly — it gives us more agility as a company."

"Initially, we hoped to consolidate eight physical servers on one," said Paul Poppleton, IT manager at QUALCOMM, a leading provider of digital wireless communications products and services. "Instead of an 8:1 ratio, we've achieved 30:1. Once we saw how effective and easy to administer VMware ESX Server is, the economics drove us to accelerate our consolidation efforts. ESX Server has already saved us several hundred thousand dollars this year on hardware purchases alone."

"VMware ESX Server and VirtualCenter provide us with a cost-effective, scalable server management solution," said Shawn Kaiser, senior network engineer at The Coleman Company, a leading manufacturer and distributor of a wide range of products for camping and leisure-time activities. "It allows us to best utilize our servers and effectively manage our resources. We can also quickly respond to business needs because we can easily provision new servers."

"T-Systems is committed to providing excellent outsourced services," said Dr. Juergen Zocher with the global computing factory of T-Systems, one of Europe's leading providers of information and communications technology. "We believe that VMware ESX Server combined with VirtualCenter and VMotion technology will put us in a position to respond to customer requirements even quicker. We also expect to reduce our hardware, maintenance and support costs by implementing VMware virtual infrastructure because it allows us to manage workloads for optimal utilization of every physical system."

VMware Partner Ecosystem

VMware OEM hardware partners include Dell, Egenera, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, IBM, NEC and Unisys. Every leading storage area network (SAN) vendor — EMC, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Hitachi Data Systems, HP, IBM and Network Appliance — has qualified VMware ESX Server with its storage systems to ensure that customers can seamlessly deploy ESX Server in the most demanding production environments. In addition, a host of leading software companies, including BMC Software, Citrix, Computer Associates, IBM Software Group, Novell, Oracle, SAP and VERITAS, and open source platform providers, including Red Hat and SUSE LINUX, offer support for their products running in VMware virtual machines and, in some instances, have developed integrations with VMware products.

About VMware

VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for x86-based 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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