VMworld® 2009 Brings More than 12,500 Attendees to San Francisco for the World’s Leading Virtualization Event

Sixth Annual Event Featured Strong Virtualization Ecosystem Support with 200+ Sponsors and Exhibitors; VMworld® to Return to San Francisco in 2010, VMworld Europe 2010 to Be Held in Copenhagen

PALO ALTO, Calif., September 4, 2009— VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in business infrastructure virtualization, today announced the conclusion of its sixth annual VMworld conference, which was held from Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. VMworld 2009 attracted a strong turnout of more than 12,500 customers, partners, press and analysts, and 200+ sponsors and exhibitors—including Platinum sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Symantec and Wyse—signifying the continued significance of virtualization to the IT industry. The company also announced that VMworld will return to the Moscone Center Aug. 30 to Sept. 2, 2010, and that VMworld Europe will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, Oct. 12-14, 2010.

Underscoring the conference theme, “Hello Freedom,” VMworld 2009 featured more than 300 presentations and breakout sessions from companies and customers driving innovation in the virtualization industry, focusing on the liberating and transformative effects of virtualization on nearly every aspect of datacenter, desktop and cloud computing. VMware President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maritz kicked off the event on Tuesday, focusing his keynote on the importance of reducing datacenter management complexities and highlighting the company’s continued investments in cloud computing. On Wednesday, Dr. Stephen Herrod, VMware’s chief technology officer and senior vice president of R&D, discussed the innovations VMware continues to drive in virtualizing desktops and mobile devices.

“At a time when many events have seen extreme drops in attendance, we are very pleased at the success we’ve seen this year at VMworld,” said Claire Darling, senior director, Corporate Marketing, VMware. “We’re excited that VMworld remains a priority for customers, partners and prospects, as VMware and virtualization continue to be at the forefront of innovation that helps drive their businesses through IT.”

The “Hello Freedom” theme highlights the ability of virtualization to empower IT professionals to rid themselves of the technical limitations of conventional computing, and recognizes the resourceful, creative and forward-thinking IT professionals and developers who leverage virtualization to turn possibilities into reality and potential into impact. Thousands of VMware customers worldwide are transforming their organizations by saying “goodbye” to the inflexible and inefficient traditional approach to computing and saying “hello” to a future of infinite possibilities powered by virtualization. Key highlights and announcements made during the event include:

  • VMware announced the VMware vCenter™ Product Family, ushering in a new era of IT management to drive business agility; VMware Go™, a new service that will make virtualization even easier for first-time users; VMware vCloud™ Express, which will deliver on-demand, pay-as-you-go infrastructure as a service; and accelerated customer momentum for VMware View™.
  • VMware and partners announced new joint solutions and initiatives, including a new integrated solution with HP called Insight Control for VMware vCenter™ Server that will help customers simplify management of mixed physical and virtual datacenters; new cloud services based on VMware technology from the world’s leading service providers; and new licensing agreements with Dell, Intel and Lenovo.
  • VMworld 2009 offered attendees more than 300 breakout sessions in six tracks: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Desktop Virtualization, Enterprise Applications, Technology & Architecture, Virtualization 101 and Virtualization Management.
  • The conference’s first Technology Exchange Developer Day was held on Monday, attended by nearly 300 developers and featuring VMware Chief Operating Officer Tod Nielsen as the keynote speaker. The industry’s leading software developers and engineers also presented the latest technologies for building robust solutions on the VMware vSphere™ 4 platform.
  • VMworld 2009 offered 12 instructor-led and nine self-paced labs with more than 10,000 total lab seats.
  • VMworld 2009 featured three datacenters to showcase how customers can integrate different types of infrastructure components with VMware vSphere 4 to satisfy the demands of small, medium and large business. The small datacenter, which had the capacity to serve up 960 virtual machines, was featured in the VMware booth where it provided services for all VMware products being demonstrated. The medium and large datacenters, which powered all the VMware labs, had the capacity to serve up 7,488 and 37,248 virtual machines, respectively.

More information, including replays of general session keynotes, is available at http://www.vmworld.com/community/conferences/2009/.

Additional media information is available at the VMworld 2009 Press Room and the VMware Media Resource Center.

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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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements and are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate, but are not limited, to, customer adoption and deployment of virtualization products and architecture, and expectations for the release and delivery of our products.  Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) the duration and deepening of negative economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products, (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology initiatives; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software; (vii) changes to product development timelines; and (viii) our ability  to attract and retain highly qualified employees.  These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.