VMware Introduces the Industry's First Open Virtual Infrastructure Platform with the VMware SDK

BMC Software, Computer Associates, Enigmatec Corporation, HP, IBM, MetiLinx, PlateSpin, Platform Computing and Surgient Among the First to Integrate Their Management and Utility Computing Solutions into the VMware Virtual Infrastructure

PALO ALTO, Calif., November 10, 2003- VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced the VMware Software Development Kit (SDK), which provides an open virtual infrastructure platform for VMware's software partners to build their own virtual solutions and integrate their management and utility computing solutions into the VMware virtual infrastructure.

BMC Software, Computer Associates eTrust, Computer Associates Unicenter, Enigmatec Corporation, HP OpenView, HP UDC (Utility Data Center), IBM Director, IBM Tivoli Software, MetiLinx, PlateSpin, Platform Computing and Surgient will be among the first to integrate their management and utility computing solutions into the VMware virtual infrastructure. These integration efforts cement the VMware virtual infrastructure as a critical technology for the next generation data center.

"As customers adopt virtual infrastructure as a building block for their next generation computing platforms, it's important for VMware to enable their chosen Enterprise management strategies," said Michael Mullany, vice president of marketing, VMware. "We've collaborated closely with partners to design the VMware SDK as an open, standards-based SDK that can quickly and easily integrate virtual infrastructure management into their offerings."

"Delivered through HP and partners like VMware, virtualization technologies are a key component of the HP Adaptive Enterprise strategy for synchronizing IT and business to capitalize on change," said David Gee, vice president for adaptive management, Enterprise Systems Group, HP. "Today, HP works with customers to integrate these solutions for maximum resource optimization, putting them on the path to extracting more business agility and value from the IT infrastructure."

"Our partnership with VMware further complements the IBM on demand strategy, which is designed to provide businesses with flexible, open solutions that utilize new and existing IT resources more effectively and cost-efficiently," said Mike Twomey, vice president of channels and business development, Tivoli Software, IBM. "The combination of IBM Tivoli Intelligent ThinkDynamic Orchestrator with VMware VirtualCenter with VMotion allows customers to dynamically automate provisioning in a virtualized environment in real-time, based on their unique business needs."

Partner solutions built on the VMware SDK provide customers with an unparalleled flexibility to manage resources across a distributed industry-standard environment. With the resource controls of VMware VirtualCenter and VMware ESX Server, resources can be dynamically added to or removed from running Microsoft Windows and Linux systems. With the programmatic interfaces to VMware's groundbreaking new VMotion technology, partners can create an integrated solution that maximizes the management and automation benefits of their software, while leveraging the instant migration benefits of VMotion. Customers can then use their management interface of choice to dynamically remap running virtual machines and their applications across physically separate servers with no service interruption, and with full transaction integrity.

The VMware SDK incorporates a Web services interface that uses the SOAP and WSDL standards so that developers can program in their choice of environments, such as Java or Visual Studio .NET. The VMware SDK provides a full set of interfaces for building upon and integrating VMware ESX Server and VMware VirtualCenter management capabilities into complementary software solutions. Customers will be able to provision and manage virtual machines side-by-side with physical machines, seamlessly managing each from a single point of control.

Availability

The VMware SDK will be generally available in the first half of 2004.

About VMware, Inc.

VMware, Inc. 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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