VMware to Add Support for Paravirtualized Linux and Solaris x86 Operating Systems

Market Leader Gives Customers Broadest Choice of Supported Operating Systems

Aug 10, 2005, 01:00 ET from VMware, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO and PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Today at
 LinuxWorld, VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software
 for industry-standard systems, announced plans to support paravirtualized
 Linux and Solaris x86 operating systems in future releases of VMware virtual
 infrastructure platform products -- Workstation, GSX Server and ESX Server.
 With support for more than 60 x86-based operating systems, VMware platform
 products support the industry's broadest set of operating systems.  This broad
 support gives customers more choice when using virtualization to lower the
 cost of managing multiple operating system environments.
     VMware is adding support for paravirtualized Linux operating systems as
 they become adopted in commercial operating system distributions across its
 virtual infrastructure platform products.  Paravirtualized Linux operating
 systems are modified operating systems that are specifically optimized to run
 in a virtual environment.  This gives customers the choice of running both
 unmodified and paravirtualized operating systems, with or without assistance
 from underlying processor technologies, concurrently on the same
 virtualization platform.  By supporting both unmodified and paravirtualized
 Linux operating systems, VMware is extending its industry leadership in
 providing high performance virtualization for the broadest choice of x86-based
 operating systems.
     VMware is also adding support for the Solaris x86 operating system across
 its virtual infrastructure products.  Enterprises with mixed environments may
 now securely deploy and manage any combination of Linux, NetWare, Solaris x86
 and Windows and instances across the same VMware virtualization platform,
 achieving higher system utilization and greater management efficiencies.
     "VMware's support for paravirtualized Linux and Solaris x86 operating
 systems and our experience with enabling virtual operating environments for
 more than 10,000 enterprise server customers is consistent with our continued
 commitment to give customers greater choice," said Jeffrey Engelmann,
 executive vice president of marketing at VMware.  "With more options
 available, customers can transition a larger portion of their data center
 workloads to a virtual infrastructure and thereby benefit from the proven ROI
 of a virtual operating environment."
     VMware's support for these additional operating systems means more
 customers can gain additional leverage from using VMware's management software
 VirtualCenter with VMotion technology across heterogeneous operating system
 environments.  This further extends the applicability of VMware virtual
 infrastructure as an enterprise-wide strategy.
     "Using VMware virtual infrastructure on a large scale since 2002 has
 brought us multiple benefits," said Tony Adams, technology analyst for J.R.
 Simplot Company. "VMware's support of a wide variety of operating systems
 gives us the flexibility to run key applications on multiple operating systems
 in test, development, staging and production, and manage them with one set of
 tools.  We plan to leverage their support of paravirtualized operating systems
 to continue to strengthen our infrastructure."
     "While basic partitioning is a useful tool, it is important for our
 organization to be able to manage a variety of virtualized data center
 platforms with a consistent and comprehensive set of management tools," said
 Craig Liess, network administrator for Central Transport International.  "We
 have been using VMware virtual infrastructure in development, test and
 production environments and leveraging that familiarity and experience for
 additional operating systems would be ideal."
     "Virtual Infrastructure has increasingly become essential to our
 business," said Doug Baer, systems engineer for Desert Schools Federal Credit
 Union. "We have been using VMware Workstation, VMware GSX Server, VMware ESX
 Server and VMware VirtualCenter with VMotion technology in development, test
 and production environments for over a year. Support for even more guest
 operating systems provides us with the flexibility to deploy even more
 applications and enables us to get maximum value out of our computing
     Virtual infrastructure provides a layer of abstraction between the
 computing, storage and networking hardware and the software that runs on it.
 By creating a uniform virtual hardware platform, virtual infrastructure allows
 software to be installed on or moved from any industry-standard physical
 system to another without requiring reconfiguration of the software, operating
 system or applications.  Virtual infrastructure makes existing resources more
 efficient and flexible, and drives down the cost of IT.
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     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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