VMware Receives Broad Industry Support from Leading Software Companies and Open Source Platform Providers

BMC Software, Citrix, Computer Associates, IBM Software Group, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat, SUSE LINUX and VERITAS Join VMware's Growing Partner Ecosystem

PALO ALTO, Calif., October 21, 2003 - VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual machine software for industry-standard systems, today announced growing support from a host of leading software companies, including BMC Software, Citrix, Computer Associates, IBM Software Group (DB2*, Rational*, Tivoli*, Websphere*), Novell, Oracle and VERITAS, and open source platform providers, including Red Hat and SUSE LINUX. These vendors are the latest to join the VMware partner ecosystem, which already includes industry-leading OEM hardware vendors such as Dell, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, IBM, NEC and Unisys.

These leading software vendors and open source platform providers offer support for their products running in VMware virtual machines and, in some instances, have developed integrations with selected VMware products. In the case of open source platform providers, Red Hat and SUSE LINUX both support VMware products running on their version of the Linux operating system.

The extensive list of partners demonstrates the widespread industry acceptance of VMware software and underscores the value of running applications in virtual machines. VMware, with its strong ecosystem of partners, continues to lead the market in providing innovative virtualization products.

"BMC Software and VMware are collaborating to deliver a common vision that will provide enterprise environments with consolidated workloads and enhanced scalability at lower total costs using VMware software and BMC Software's leading enterprise management solutions," said Mary Smars, vice president and general manager, enterprise systems management, BMC Software. "We look forward to working with VMware to provide our mutual customers with maximum business benefits."

"CA is committed to ensuring that our customers reap the full benefits of on-demand computing," said David Hochhauser, vice president, Unicenter brand management, Computer Associates. "The combination of Unicenter and VMware's ca smart-certified ESX Server and GSX Server enables well-managed, dynamic provisioning of industry-standard computing resources in response to ever-changing business requirements."

"VMware ESX Server's features and capabilities, together with Novell's NetWare 6.5 and Enterprise Linux Services, deliver a truly valuable ROI opportunity and simplified deployment in a heterogeneous environment. We're enthusiastic and committed to our partnership with VMware because of the immense value it brings to customers," said Doug Knight, vice president, Nterprise business development, Novell.

"In keeping with VERITAS' strategy to enable utility computing across complex, heterogeneous IT environments, VERITAS is working with VMware to bring high availability and data protection capabilities to VMware virtual machines," said Robert Soderbery, vice president, business development, VERITAS Software. "VMware's products offer powerful choices for customers to deploy applications with increased flexibility and scalability, and our joint efforts are aimed at making these environments enterprise-grade."

"VMware is committed to growing our partnerships with industry-leading software companies to provide our joint customers with innovative solutions for virtualizing their IT infrastructure," said Michael Mullany, vice president, marketing, VMware. "These strong partnerships with customer-responsive software companies enable VMware to develop compelling joint solutions for customers who want the flexibility and efficiency of next generation computing models."

About VMware, Inc.

VMware, Inc. is the global leader in virtual machine software for industry-standard systems. With more than 5,000 customers worldwide and 80% of the Fortune 100, VMware provides companies with a proven set of enterprise products and solutions to consolidate their server infrastructure, improve software lifecycle management and provide application compatibility in mixed operating system environments. VMware's products enable companies to flexibly scale and control their infrastructure to quickly respond to business demands, improve return on investment and dramatically reduce total cost of ownership. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.

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