Redmond Magazine Editors Name VMware Workstation the Best Desktop Virtualization Product

PALO ALTO, Calif., November 14, 2005-- VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced that VMware Workstation 5, the fifth generation of its powerful desktop virtualization software, has received the Redmond Magazine Editors’ Choice award in the Desktop Virtualization category. This is the fourth major industry award that Workstation 5 has won since becoming generally available in April of this year. Workstation 5 has also won the eWEEK Labs Analyst's Choice, PC Magazine Editors' Choice and Redmond Magazine Most Valuable Product awards

Millions today use VMware Workstation, first introduced six years ago, to accelerate software development, testing and deployment and increase product quality. With VMware Workstation, enterprises are able to create a library of virtual machines for x86 operating systems, including Linux, NetWare, Solaris x86 and Windows, that replicate production environments. These virtual machines can then be rapidly provisioned, making it possible for developers and testers to spend more time developing and testing software and less time configuring the required environment.

VMware Workstation 5 pushes the envelope with features that address the needs of enterprises building multi-tier applications. The features in Workstation 5 combined with memory-sharing technology previously available only in data center-class VMware ESX Server make it possible for enterprises to provision multi-tier applications and simulate real-world deployment scenarios on developer desktops.

"I prefer VMware Workstation primarily because it has more features. I've also found its performance — particularly in disk-intensive activities like installing software — to be superior," said Don Jones, contributing editor for Redmond Magazine. Jones also lauded the flexible user interface with its tabbed windows for accessing multiple virtual machines.

Virtual machines created with VMware Workstation can be deployed to VMware GSX Server and VMware ESX Server platforms. Once deployed on GSX Server or ESX Server, VMware VirtualCenter can manage these virtual machines. This lets development teams more easily manage the software lifecycle process and seamlessly move computing environments from development to testing, and from staging to production.

"We are honored to have received this endorsement from Redmond Magazine," said Karthik Rau, senior director of product management at VMware. "This award reflects VMware’s ongoing commitment to innovation and technology leadership and underscores the tremendous value that millions of users are getting from VMware products today.”

VMware Workstation 5.5 is currently in public beta and expected to be available by the end of the year. Among the major new and enhanced features planned for VMware Workstation 5.5 are support for 64-bit guests for AMD64 Technology Systems and Intel Extended Memory 64 Technology (EM64T) Systems with Intel Virtualization Technology (VT) and experimental support for two-way Virtual SMP. The beta is available for download at: www.vmware.com/products/beta/ws/.

Information on the Redmond Magazine Editors' Choice awards can be found at: http://redmondmag.com/features/article.asp?EditorialsID=523.

About Redmond Magazine

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About VMware

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 http://www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.

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