VMware Raises the Bar with VMware Infrastructure 3

Next Generation of Industry-leading Infrastructure Virtualization Software Suite Enables Transformative Cost Savings and Breakthrough Levels of Efficiency, Flexibility and Serviceability to IT Environments of All Sizes

PALO ALTO, Calif., June 5, 2006 -- VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today launched VMware Infrastructure 3, the third generation of the industry-leading infrastructure virtualization software suite that empowers enterprises and small businesses alike to optimize and manage their IT environments through virtualization.

The first generation of virtualization for industry-standard systems provided server partitioning through a hypervisor or hosted architecture. The second generation added management, capacity planning, a physical to virtual assistant and other tools for consolidating production servers. The third generation, VMware Infrastructure 3, enables systems infrastructure capabilities for entire farms of servers and storage, independent of the application/operating system workloads and of the underlying hardware.

VMware Infrastructure 3 builds upon the award-winning VMware ESX Server with Virtual SMP and VirtualCenter with VMotion technology used in production at tens of thousands of enterprises worldwide today and incorporates four new groundbreaking products - VMware VMFS, a next generation Distributed File System; VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS); VMware High Availability (HA); and VMware Consolidated Backup. The suite is designed to deliver comprehensive virtualization, management, resource optimization, application availability and operational automation capabilities in an integrated offering.

With VMware Infrastructure 3, VMware is ushering in a new era for data centers where industry-standard infrastructure farms can be managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different business units or projects. New capacity can be added or removed non-disruptively based on business demand. Applications can be migrated automatically to available hardware resources. Hardware failures can be automatically overcome with minimal disruption. Business data can be protected with minimal impact to production SLAs. Applications can be provisioned instantly and recovered at the same or remote locations easily regardless of the operating system and hardware. Customers will be able to transform IT service levels, simplify and automate their infrastructure and deploy virtualization pervasively across their entire environment.

"VMware Infrastructure 3 transforms the role of hardware and software so that the business can truly think in terms of deploying services on a pool of continuously available hardware resources," said Diane Greene, president of VMware. "Instead of server boxes specifically configured for a given operating system and application, there is now a set of applications mapped to a large pool of resources and the constraint of thinking about individual hardware components becomes an old-fashioned concept. We'll look back on it as the difficult way we used to do things."

"We are very excited that VMware is turning the vision of the automated, self-optimizing data center into reality. Using VMware Infrastructure enterprise-wide since January 2005, Enbridge Energy has streamlined its IT infrastructure, saving more than $1 million in hardware costs," said Ed Baldwin, senior network engineer for Enbridge Energy Company, Inc., a leader in energy transportation and a VMware Infrastructure 3 beta customer. "The release of VMware Infrastructure 3 supports our plan to virtualize more applications across the company."

Baldwin continued: "The new products and capabilities in VMware Infrastructure 3 bring even greater efficiency and flexibility to our infrastructure. For example, with VMware DRS our data center can be automated like never before. The new 4-Way Virtual SMP also opens new frontiers for us - now we can create virtual machines for even the most processor and memory intensive applications such as databases, ERP and CRM."

"Société de transport de Montréal provides 1.3 million trips on its system every day. With VMware Infrastructure, Société de transport de Montréal was able to cut costs by 30% and management sleeps better at night knowing that customers will be able to get transportation information, even in the event of a disaster in our data center," said Mike Stefanakis, senior systems engineer at Société de transport de Montréal, an agency that operates buses and the Métro in Canada and a VMware Infrastructure 3 beta customer. "With VMware Infrastructure 3, we can confidently run the most processor-, storage- and memory-intensive applications in virtual machines. DRS will also minimize the need for manual intervention. VMware HA and VMware Consolidated Backup will further facilitate our seamless user experience which is crucial to our company."

"Virtualization is rapidly evolving from being a server consolidation tool to becoming the strategic technology foundation for IT Infrastructure," said Stephen Elliot, research manager at IDC. "While the cost savings are obvious, sophisticated enterprise IT organizations are starting to deliver end-to-end virtual infrastructure that uses standardized management processes and provides a compelling answer to the CIO's need for an agile, efficient and dynamic infrastructure that is radically simple to operate."

VMware Infrastructure 3 Enables Efficiency, Flexibility and Serviceability through Enterprise-scale Management and Service-level Automation

VMware Infrastructure 3 incorporates VirtualCenter, the market-leading management product for virtualized environments for more than three years. VirtualCenter can automate and simplify the operations of a virtualized data center with several new capabilities:

VMware Infrastructure 3 Enables Transformative Cost Savings through Server, Storage and Network Virtualization

VMware Infrastructure 3 incorporates VMware ESX Server, the industry's most advanced server, storage and network virtualization platform for industry-standard servers. ESX Server extends a proven architecture that has delivered more than seven years of rock-solid virtualization and more than two years of continuous uptime at select customers. New innovative capabilities include:

VMware Infrastructure 3 Offers Broadest Hardware and Operating System Choice

VMware Infrastructure 3 Packaged and Priced for Adoption Across All Market Segments

The rich capabilities of VMware Infrastructure are packaged into three editions targeted for various IT infrastructure environments:


VMware Infrastructure 3 has been in beta since October, 2005 and has had more than 6,400 active participants. VMware Infrastructure 3 will be available this month.

About VMware, Inc.

VMware, an EMC company (NYSE: EMC), is the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems. The world's largest companies use VMware solutions to simplify their IT, fully leverage their existing computing investments and respond faster to changing business demands. VMware is based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.

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