VMware Concludes GSX Server Beta Program With 300 Companies Participating

VMware GSX Server Now Available at www.vmware.com

Jan 23, 2001, 00:00 ET from VMware, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc. today announced
 that it has concluded its GSX Server beta program with more than 300 companies
 worldwide participating. Adopters include Halliburton Company (NYSE:   HAL),
 Merrill Lynch and Informatica. The company also announced that the product is
 available for sale today at www.vmware.com.
     Based on VMware's patent pending MultipleWorlds technology, GSX Server
 gives information technology (IT) organizations mainframe-class control on
 Intel-based servers. The software helps IT professionals leverage resources in
 responding to the growing demand for new applications and services by cutting
 down on the number of servers required, taking the pain out of staging and
 testing server applications and automating server installation and management.
     "Response to our GSX Server has been overwhelmingly positive," said
 Diane Greene, co-founder, president and chief executive officer of VMware. "A
 number of beta users of GSX Server report that the product works well, meets
 or exceeds their performance expectations and that they expect substantial
 cost savings from its use. One user estimated that the software will pay for
 itself within three days of deployment!"
     In addition to Merrill Lynch, which was listed as a GSX Server adopter
 when the product was announced in December 2000, Halliburton Energy Services,
 Inc. has been using GSX Server during its beta program with excellent results.
     "We run database servers that process critical data gathered from wells
 all over the world," said Jody Powers, president, Halliburton Energy Services.
 "The security and complexity of this data mandates that each batch run on a
 separate machine. With GSX Server, we are able to run up to 10 database
 servers on a single Dell PowerEdge server, which allows us to provide
 mainframe levels of reliability and data security at much lower cost."
     Using VMware's GSX server, Halliburton supports hundreds of personal
 computers running a custom-developed database to process replication of oil
 well data with remote systems in the field. By running those database servers
 on GSX Server, Halliburton has greatly reduced the total number of servers and
 concentrated the data on a small number of highly manageable, reliable disk
     Founded in 1919, Halliburton Company is the world's leading diversified
 energy services, engineering, energy equipment, construction, and maintenance
 company. In 1999, Halliburton's consolidated revenues were $14.9 billion and
 it conducted business with a workforce of approximately 100,000 in more than
 120 countries. The company's World Wide Web site can be accessed at
 http://www.halliburton.com .
     Another beta user of GSX Server is Informatica.
     "Our technical support engineers need to match the setup and configuration
 of our customers," said Ian Cairns, manager of IT at Informatica's U.K.
 operation. "This used to be a very time consuming process requiring software
 installations and reconfigurations. By using VMware GSX Server, we can now
 instantly startup a virtual machine that duplicates the needed environment
 running in a safely isolated virtual machine. Informatica is saving by
 consolidating servers, and we've improved the level of service to our
     Informatica Corporation, based in Palo Alto, California, is a
 market-leading provider of e-business infrastructure and analytic software
 that enables customers to automate the integration, analysis and delivery of
 critical corporate information. Informatica uses VMwareGSX Server to help its
 technical support engineers access and use the exact machine environment
 required to diagnose a problem. VMware GSX Server greatly increases efficiency
 by greatly reducing the need for software configuration and by storing the
 required environment images on a smaller number of servers that can be
 accessed remotely. Informatica's World Wide Web site can be accessed at
 http://www.informatica.com .
     VMware GSX Server for Linux systems is priced at $2,499 for a single
 license purchase and is available today via electronic distribution directly
 from VMware. Premium support at the Silver, Gold and Platinum levels is
 available on a per incident basis or via subscription. Packaged versions of
 GSX Server will be available from VMware and from selected resellers and
 distributors within 30 days. GSX Server for Windows NT or Windows 2000 systems
 will ship in the second quarter of 2001. For purchase or for more information,
 visit VMware at www.vmware.com or call 877-4VMWARE (486-9273).
     About VMware
     VMware serves enterprise IT groups, service providers and technical
 professionals with software for delivering managed services on Intel computers
 safely, reliably and on demand. VMware products are based on the company's
 patent pending MultipleWorlds technology, which combines classic virtual
 machine technology with advanced virtual networking and mainframe-class system
 and resource management capabilities. Founded in 1998, VMware delivered its
 first product in May 1999. VMware has more than 500,000 registered users
 including 5,000 corporate customers in 100 countries. VMware is a privately
 held company based in Palo Alto, California. For more information, visit
 VMware's Web site at http://www.vmware.com.
     NOTE:  VMware, the VMware boxes logo, MultipleWorlds, GSX Server, and ESX
 Server are trademarks of VMware, Incorporated. Microsoft, Windows and Windows
 NT are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Linux is a registered
 trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be
 trademarks of their respective companies.

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