VMware Wins Developer Award For Its Desktop Virtualization Software

Programmer's Paradise Recognizes VMware Workstation as Top Selling Product in 2001

Palo Alto, Calif., March 7, 2002 - VMware, Inc., the leading provider of virtual computing software for industry-standard computers, today announced that VMware Workstation has received the Programmer's Paradise ®(NASDAQ: PROG) "Riding the Crest ®" award for being the top selling product in the "application and utilities" category in 2001. VMware Workstation was recognized as an award winner along with products from Compuware, Microsoft and Sun Microsystems.

"VMware Workstation is a wonderful product for cross platform development," said Jeff Largiader, vice president of marketing at Programmer's Paradise. "Testing on different target environments from the same workstation is fast and easy to do. Developers just love it."

With more than 1,000,000 registered users, VMware Workstation lets developers and other technical professionals run all the applications they need, regardless of operating system, on a single PC. Users spend less time configuring hardware, installing software, and rebooting or reconfiguring systems - and more time developing, testing, and deploying applications and delivering support.

"We greatly appreciate this recognition from Programmer's Paradise and the developer community," said Diane Greene, president and chief executive officer of VMware. "We look forward to continued success in 2002 as we continue to provide technical professionals with the tools they need to be more effective and productive."

The Programmer's Paradise "Riding the Crest" awards were given to their top sellers based on sales by category. Winners were selected from more than 70,000 products offered by Programmer's Paradise. A complete list of winners can be found at www.programmersparadise.com/ridingthecrest.

About Programmer's Paradise, Inc.

Programmer's Paradise, Inc. is an international marketer of computer products targeting software developers and other information technology professionals within enterprise organizations. Programmer's Paradise enhances software development productivity by providing a single-source for software components and tools selected on the basis of features, quality, price and warranty from industry-leading software publishers. The company offers products from more than 2,000 publishers and manufacturers, and distributes them through multiple channels. The Programmer's Paradise web site is located at www.programmersparadise.com.

About VMware, Inc.

VMware, Inc. is the leading provider of virtual computing software for industry-standard computers. Through its patent-pending technology, VMware brings virtual computing to distributed systems -- from the desktop to the data center. Enterprise customers use VMware software for server consolidation, workload management and application development, testing and deployment. With more than one million registered users, VMware products include ESX Server, GSX Server and Workstation. VMware was founded in 1998 and is based in Palo Alto, Calif. For more information, visit www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.

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