VMware Introduces VMware Go™—A New Service that Will Make Virtualization Even Easier for First Time Users

Ideal for Small and Midsize Businesses—VMware Go™ Automates Installation and Configuration to Help Customers Get Virtualized Faster

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 31, 2009 – Today at VMworld 2009, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, unveiled a beta version of VMware Go™, a web-based service that will make it even easier for first time customers to get started with virtualization.  Ideal for small and midsized businesses (SMBs), VMware Go™ will dramatically simplify the process of virtualizing their applications by automating the installation and configuration of the industry-leading hypervisor, VMware ESXi.

“VMware Go™ is the latest innovation we’ve brought to market as part of our ongoing commitment to helping SMB customers run their applications with more agility, profitability, and resilience,” said Dan Chu, vice president, emerging products and markets at VMware.  “Nearly every SMB stands to benefit tremendously from virtualization.  VMware Go™ will simplify virtualization for SMBs to a few easy online steps and was designed with SMBs in mind.  We want SMBs who may be sitting on the fence to realize all the benefits of virtualization without burdening their limited IT resources.” 

VMware Go™ is a free web-based service that will enable SMB customers to fly through the ESXi setup process with just a few mouse clicks.  The award-winning VMware ESXi is the industry’s most widely deployed hypervisor, with hundreds of thousands of users worldwide.  VMware ESXi, also available for free, allows companies to reduce overhead and simplify business operations by running multiple operating systems and applications on a single server, spending less money on hardware, power and cooling, and server administration. VMware ESXi together with VMware Go is an on-ramp for companies new to virtualization, especially small businesses who may not think they have the time or budget to get started.

VMware Go™ was developed in partnership with Shavlik Technologies, a member of VMware’s Technology Alliance Partner Program. VMware Go™ will be made available as a beta offering on August 31, 2009 to customers who go to http://www.vmware.com/go/vmware-go-beta. VMware Go is expected to become generally available as a free service in 2010.

About VMworld 2009

Now in its sixth year, VMworld 2009, with more than 10,000 attendees and over 200 sponsors and exhibitors, is the must-attend event for IT professionals looking for actionable ideas, innovative products and best practices for virtualizing their business – from the desktop to the datacenter to the cloud.  Under the theme "Hello Freedom", VMware and virtualization are changing the world of IT – no longer is IT tethered to complicated, expensive and inefficient systems. Say goodbye to the limitations of the traditional ways of computing and hello to the power to innovate. See how virtualization frees the lives of those that embrace it. Super Sessions are being given by Platinum Sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Symantec, Wyse and VMware.  VMworld features more than 300 breakout sessions and hands-on labs, led by VMware and industry professionals, and is being held August 31- September 3 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

About VMware

VMware delivers solutions for business infrastructure virtualization that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes.  With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere™ – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion, more than 150,000 customers and 22,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

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