VMware Announces Ultimate Virtual Appliance Challenge

Contest to Spur Developer Efforts to Innovate with Virtual Appliances

Feb 27, 2006, 00:00 ET from VMware, Inc.

    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
 Ubuntu Linux.
     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.
     VMware is a registered trademark of VMware, Inc. in the United States
 and/or other jurisdictions. All other trademarks and names mentioned herein
 may be trademarks of their respective companies.

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