PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc., the global leader
in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today
announced the Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge contest with prizes
totaling $200,000 to foster continued innovation in developing virtual
appliances. Virtual appliances are pre-built, pre-configured and ready-to-run
software applications, all packaged within virtual machines. They can be run
using VMware virtualization products, including VMware Player and VMware
Server which are both available for free download at
"Virtual appliances are a better way to distribute and maintain complex
software environments. With the introduction of VMware Player and VMware
Server, we have seen a tremendous embracing of VMware virtual appliances
across the industry. For example, the Browser Appliance, which allows users
to securely browse the Internet from within a virtual machine, has been
downloaded more than 200,000 times," said Dr. Mendel Rosenblum, co-founder and
chief scientist at VMware and chair of the Ultimate Virtual Appliance
Challenge judging panel. "The Appliance Challenge gives us a chance to
recognize and reward innovation from the community and promote turnkey
software experiences through virtualization."
The Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge is open to participants worldwide
with the first prize of $100,000, second prize of $50,000 and third prize of
$25,000. Best Collegiate Appliance, Best Consumer Appliance, Best Developer
Appliance, Best Server Appliance and VMTN Community Choice Appliance awards
will be given with each winner receiving $5000.
The Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge judging panel will be led by Dr.
Mendel Rosenblum and consist of the following distinguished judges: Jason
Brooks, senior analyst at eWeek; Stephen Elliot, research manager of
enterprise systems management software at IDC; Roger Howorth, enterprise
editor at IT Week; Tim O'Reilly, founder of O'Reilly Media; Dave Parsons, vice
president of engineering at ALG Software; and Mark Shuttleworth, founder of
The Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge details and registration
information are available at http://www.vmware.com/challenge. VMware plans to
announce the winners on August 14, 2006 at LinuxWorld.
There are currently more than 50 virtual appliances that have been
developed by leading software vendors and open source projects, including
major software vendors such as BEA Systems, IBM Software, Oracle, PortWise and
Zeus and open source communities such as Apache, Asterisk, Debian, FreeBSD,
M0n0wall, MySQL, Novell SuSE Linux, OpenBSD, Red Hat Linux, Sguil, Ubuntu
Linux and Zimbra, that are available from the VMware Technology Network
(VMTN). Users can download any of these virtual appliances from VMTN at
http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/appliances/ and run them on VMware virtualization
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
http://www.vmware.com or call 650-475-5000.
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