VMworld Europe Draws Record Number of Attendees Who Learn How Virtualization Enables IT as a Service for Increased Flexibility, Control and Choice

Second Annual Event Attracts 4,700+ Attendees and 100+ Sponsors and Exhibitors

CANNES, France, February 26, 2009 — VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter, today concluded its second annual VMworld Europe conference, which was held from 23rd-26th February at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in Cannes, France. 

The event drew more than 4,700 attendees including customers, partners, press, analysts and more than 100 industry sponsors and exhibitors and featured keynote presentations from VMware President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maritz and Chief Technology Officer Dr. Stephen Herrod. Executives from VMware’s partner ecosystem were also featured, including Gregory Bryant, vice president, Business Client Group and general manager, Digital Office Platform Division at Intel Corporation, and Dr. Wolfgang Krips, managing director at SAP Hosting.

“Despite the current tough economic conditions we continue to see strong interest and adoption levels of virtualization. The enthusiasm for virtualization among EMEA customers and partners continues to grow as the pressure to do more with less intensifies and the need to deliver IT as a service increases,” said Reza Malekzadeh, senior director, products and marketing, VMware. “VMware and its ecosystem of partners this week at VMworld Europe showcased exciting solutions that give IT more flexibility, control and choice.”

During his keynote, Maritz outlined a comprehensive strategy and technology roadmap that will help enable companies to achieve the benefits of cloud computing internally, and bridge to external clouds through a private cloud. This strategy is aimed at a more modern approach to delivering IT as a service and optimizing efficiency and flexibility for businesses. Building on announcements from VMworld Las Vegas 2008, Maritz discussed and demonstrated three key enabling components for building a private cloud: the complete virtualization of the datacenter through a Virtual Datacenter Operating System (VDC-OS) and delivery of the VMware vSphere generation of products currently under development; the extensions of the VDC-OS and the management layer to enable service providers to deliver external clouds and federate with internal clouds; and the evolving technologies for desktop virtualization to tie together all elements of IT as a service.

VMware also announced new collaboration with Intel to deliver the VMware Client Virtualization Platform (CVP) as a new product that will be part of the VMware ViewTM suite of desktop virtualization products. VMware CVP is a bare-metal client hypervisor optimized to run on desktop and notebook client PCs utilizing Intel® Core®2 and Centrino® 2 processors with Intel® vPro™ technology. CVP will extend the centralized management capabilities of VMware View by enabling end users to run their virtualized desktop environments on desktop or notebook PCs and work online or offline while IT administrators manage these environments securely from a central location. This helps customers further reduce the operating costs of PC management while boosting business flexibility and end user productivity.

VMworld Europe 2009 Highlights

  • More than 140 unique breakout sessions and 13 hands-on labs including solution tracks, product and technology demonstrations and specific sessions for partners, developers, press and analysts 
  • Many customers, including Ducati, CB Richard Ellis and T-Systems, presented break-out sessions to share their real-world experiences with virtualization
  • VMware vCloudTM pavilion featuring the leading players driving the development and success of cloud computing in EMEA
  • The Solutions Exchange that showcased new products and technology innovations in virtualization from 100+ exhibitors including nine Platinum sponsors: CA, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp and Symantec
Conference Keynotes

Replays of the keynote sessions from VMworld Europe 2009 are available from www.vmworldeurope.com.

Images and other materials

Presentations from all of the breakout sessions can be found at www.vmworldeurope.com/breakouts. Images and other materials for use by members of the press can be downloaded from www.vmworldeurope.com/press

About VMware

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter.  Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2008 revenues of <span id="RC:/templatedata/content/reusable/data/global_variables/var_br_revenues">$1.9 billion</span>, more than 130,000 customers and more than 22,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is majority-owned by EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC).  For more information, visit www.vmware.com.

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