Wind River Deploys VMware Software

Software Saves Provider Significant Hardware Costs

Palo Alto, Calif., July 17, 2000 — VMware, Inc. today announced that Wind River Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: WIND) has deployed VMware software to its development teams worldwide, increasing development productivity and saving the provider thousands of dollars.

Wind River is the leading provider of embedded software and services for smart devices in the Internet age. The company provides software development tools, real-time operating systems, and advanced connectivity—for use in numerous products in a wide range of markets.

Wind River's development team had been running its Tornado® development environment on Windows NT and Solaris, and, due to developer demand, wanted to port it to Linux. However, doing so would have required deploying another PC to each developer's desk. According to Philippe Maisonneuve, director of the Wind RiveVannes Development Center, "Since many developers already have two workstations each, deploying another would have been a nightmare."

Some companies in this situation would have considered dual booting. Maisonneuve, however, understood the limitations of this scenario. According to Maisonneuve, "Dual booting wasn't really considered. It's too painful, and it limits productivity."

Using VMware, the Wind River development team was able to port the Tornado development environment to Linux without having to purchase and deploy additional hardware. The development team installed VMware for Windows NT and Windows 2000 on desktop machines running Windows NT. They were then able to install Linux inside VMware virtual machines, allowing engineers to develop for both Windows NT and Linux on the same physical hardware.

"The productivity benefit is the biggest gain for us," Maisonneuve says. "VMware's ease of use translates into quicker and better results when porting. I'd definitely recommend VMware to developers who need access to multiple operating systems. It's simple, and it saves time and money."

About VMware

VMware is a leading provider of application and service delivery platforms for desktop personal computers and servers. Based on innovative virtual machine technology developed at Stanford University, VMware products allow single computers to run multiple, protected sessions on any combination of Linux, Windows NT and Windows 2000 simultaneously, offering new levels of flexibility, safety and security. VMware's customers include developers, information technology professionals and providers of hosted applications and services over the Internet or corporate intranets. VMware's software was selected as an InfoWorld analyst pick for 1999 Product of the Year. VMware is a privately held company based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, please visit the Web site at http://www.vmware.com.

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