VMware With AMD, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Novell, Red Hat and Others to Forge Open Virtualization Standards

VMware Opens Up VMware ESX Server Source Code to Partners to Accelerate

Virtualization Solutions for Customers

Aug 08, 2005, 01:00 ET from VMware, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, the global leader in
 virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced
 that it is working with industry leaders AMD, BEA Systems, BMC Software,
 Broadcom, Cisco, Computer Associates International, Dell, Emulex, HP, IBM,
 Intel, Mellanox, Novell, QLogic and Red Hat to advance open virtualization
 standards. This effort is open to vendors that share a common goal of
 accelerating the adoption of open standards for virtualization. VMware will
 contribute technologies based on its seven years of extensive innovation and
 market leadership to this standards development effort.
     In addition, VMware announced that it will provide its partners access to
 VMware ESX Server source code and interfaces under a new program called VMware
 Community Source. This program is designed to empower partners to influence
 the direction of VMware ESX Server through a collaborative development model
 and shared governance process.
     "Virtualization is gaining widespread adoption due to its indisputable
 customer benefits.  It is an area rich in opportunities and the ecosystem will
 develop most fully with open standards. VMware is thus taking our
 industry-leading products, opening up the APIs and providing shared governance
 and source access to them," said Diane Greene, President of VMware.  "We look
 forward to this next phase of increased partner collaboration and believe it
 is the best possible way to give customers the ability to realize the full
 potential of the x86 virtualization layer."
     These initiatives are intended to benefit customers by creating:
     -- Expanded ecosystem of virtualization solutions: the availability of
        open standard virtualization interfaces and the collaborative nature of
        VMware Community Source is intended to accelerate the availability of
        new virtualization solutions.
     -- Expanded interoperability and supportability:  Standard interfaces for
        hypervisors are expected to enable interoperability for customers with
        heterogeneous virtualized environments.
     -- Accelerated availability of new virtualization-aware technologies:
        vendors across the technology stack can optimize existing technologies
        and introduce new technologies for running in virtual environments.
     "Guardian Life Insurance has standardized on VMware ESX Server for our
 Wintel environment across the organization," said Bob Mathers, Second Vice
 President of Infrastructure and Disaster Recovery at Guardian Life Insurance
 Company.  "Using VMware we have consolidated and deployed hundreds of virtual
 machines throughout our environment realizing lower TCO, more efficient
 disaster recovery, rapid server provisioning, flexible zero-downtime workload
 migration and server containment.  We are excited to see VMware's leadership
 in bringing together all the leading infrastructure vendors to drive their
 proprietary innovation in concert with VMware virtual infrastructure
     "This is a very exciting development," said Martin Wickham, CIO for BT
 Ireland. "Standardizing on VMware virtual infrastructure in our test and
 production environments is yielding many benefits, including reduced costs,
 more efficient disaster recovery and instant server provisioning as well as
 providing a key component in the creation of a 'utility' based infrastructure.
 We are pleased that VMware continues to innovate by working with other vendors
 for industry standardization because it will further enrich the platform and
 its integration with a broad array of application software.  I look forward to
 the future developments."
     Open Hypervisor Standards:  Hypervisors are the foundational component of
 virtual infrastructure and enable computer system partitioning.  An open
 standard hypervisor framework can benefit customers by enabling innovation
 across an ecosystem of interoperable virtualization vendors and solutions.
     As an initial step, VMware will contribute an existing framework of
 interfaces, called Virtual Machine Hypervisor Interfaces (VMHI), based on its
 commercially successful virtualization products to facilitate the development
 of these standards in an industry neutral manner.  Consistent adoption of open
 interfaces is expected to facilitate interoperability and supportability
 across heterogeneous virtualized environments.
     Community Source:  The Community Source program provides industry partners
 with an opportunity to access VMware ESX Server source code under a
 royalty-free license.  Partners are empowered to contribute shared code or
 create binary modules intended to spur and extend interoperable and integrated
 virtualization solutions -- thereby combining the best of both the traditional
 commercial and open source development models.  Community members can
 participate and influence the governance of VMware ESX Server through an
 architecture board.  This approach will help drive open collaboration while
 still preserving the ability of partners to build differentiated, intellectual
 property-protected solutions.
     For customers, the VMware Community Source program is expected to yield a
 richer and broader set of partner solutions that are well integrated with
 VMware virtual infrastructure products.  For partners, the source access and
 development model allows them to efficiently deliver complementary solutions
 or differentiated product capabilities around the VMware ESX Server code base.
     "Virtualization is a game-changing technology for the data center, and we
 expect VMware's open collaboration to help foster a broad set of
 well-integrated commercial solutions for AMD Opteron processor-based systems,"
 said Joe Menard, Corporate Vice President of Software Strategy at AMD.
 "VMware has significant market experience, focusing on robust and accelerated
 support for AMD's 'Pacifica' specification.  We support VMware's lead in
 offering API's to further drive market adoption of virtualization.  As a
 founder of the HyperTransport Consortium, founding member of the Trusted
 Computing Group and leader in defining x86-based 64-bit computing, AMD is a
 huge proponent of customer freedom and we support open standards for
     "Standardization brings benefits to the entire industry," said Jeff
 Clarke, Senior Vice President of Dell's Product Group.  "Dell continually
 innovates around standards to deliver on our Scalable Enterprise vision with
 products and services that help customers better utilize computing resources
 and keep costs low.  We applaud VMware for opening its APIs to standardization
 to promote interoperability and flexibility in customer computing
     "Virtualization is about making IT resources changeable matching IT supply
 to business demand, which is key to becoming an Adaptive Enterprise, where
 business and IT are synchronized to capitalize on change," said Rick Becker,
 Vice President and General Manager of HP BladeSystem.  "HP and VMware are
 committed to simplifying a user's IT infrastructure through consolidation and
 migration to the latest evolution in industry standard solutions.  Through our
 collaboration with VMware in the Community Source Program and our joint
 efforts across our servers, management tools, storage solutions, consulting
 and support, we are helping enterprise customers drive down IT costs, increase
 business agility and free up resources for innovation."
     "In keeping with IBM's strong track record of combining innovation with
 open technologies, IBM welcomes the opportunity to collaborate with VMware and
 other industry participants to bring open standards to the virtualization
 marketplace and foster a closer integration between the two companies
 technologies," said Susan Whitney, General Manager of xSeries Division in IBM
 Systems and Technology Group.  "The combination of VMware virtual
 infrastructure and IBM xSeries virtualization and management will bring
 flexibility, scale and simplicity to enterprise data centers. IBM intends to
 work with VMware to explore xSeries virtualized solutions based on an open API
     "The combination of today's virtualization software solutions with Intel
 Virtualization Technology will help drive improvements to the reliability and
 resilience of enterprise servers and enable impactful new uses for Intel-based
 PCs and notebooks," said Renee J. James, Intel Vice President and General
 Manager of the Software and Solutions Group.  "Intel looks forward to working
 with VMware to bring out open virtualization APIs and supporting
 implementations that maximize Intel's hardware innovations. Businesses and
 consumers stand to benefit greatly from the interoperability and broad
 adoption resulting from standardization of this critical software technology."
     "Supporting and working with key enterprise platforms like VMware virtual
 infrastructure is what sets Novell apart as a global data center
 infrastructure vendor," said David Patrick, Vice President and General
 Manager, Linux, Open Source Platforms and Services Group, Novell.  "We are
 seeing strong adoption of VMware's proven, highly performant data center
 virtual infrastructure across Novell and SUSE LINUX customers, and we believe
 that VMware's commitment to open technology and common standards for
 virtualization will benefit the industry and customers alike."
     "More than ever standards are critical to innovation in enterprise
 infrastructures.  Red Hat applauds the efforts of technology partners like
 VMware who are working to establish open, standards-based solutions," said
 Paul Cormier, Executive Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat.  "We are
 pleased to work with VMware, partners and the community to offer customers
 virtualization as a key component of their open source architectures."
     Open Hypervisor Standards:  Collaboration around open hypervisor standards
 is expected to focus on the following areas of interoperability and
 performance optimization for virtualized environments:
     -- Cross-platform frameworks that govern the standardized operation and
        management of standalone virtual machine environments as well as highly
        dynamic, data center-scale deployment of virtualized systems.
     -- Co-operative virtualization APIs between hypervisors and guest
        operating systems.
     -- Virtual machine formats that enable virtual machine migration and
        recovery across platforms.
     More information about VMware proposals for VMHI is available at
 http://www.vmware.com/standards .
     More about Community Source:  Vendors interested in becoming VMware
 Community Source members can find more information at
 http://www.vmware.com/communitysource .
     About VMware, Inc.
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 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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 Federal Securities Laws. Actual results could differ materially from those
 projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk
 factors, including but not limited to:  (i) adverse changes in general
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 in EMC's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. EMC and
 VMware disclaim any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements
 after the date of this release.
     "Customers tell us that driving IT efficiency through virtualization is a
 strategic imperative and close interoperability is key," said Guy Churchward,
 General Manager of JRockit Product Group at BEA Systems.  "It is great to see
 companies like VMware offer flexibility to innovate around open technology
 initiatives.  As part of BEA's utility computing and virtualization strategy,
 it's important for the company to work closely with enterprise class
 components, such as VMware's virtual infrastructure, to meet customers' needs.
 Companies like VMware help further our goal to provide highly differentiated
 value to global customers."
     "As a leader in virtualization, BMC Software has already introduced
 comprehensive management solutions for VMware virtual infrastructure software,
 including monitoring, capacity management and optimization with BMC PATROL
 Performance Assurance for Virtual Servers and BMC Performance Manager for
 Virtual Servers," said Tom Bishop, Chief Technology Officer at BMC Software.
 "These solutions help customers make dynamic provisioning decisions from a
 business perspective to achieve Business Service Management.  BMC is looking
 forward to supporting VMware's open virtualization initiative to drive key
 integrations and common interfaces that advance innovation and manageability
 for the broad range of enterprise customers who are adopting VMware virtual
     "Broadcom is committed to convergence over Ethernet by driving C-NIC
 technology as the baseline function for the coming generation of servers,"
 said Greg Young, Vice President and General Manager of Broadcom's High-Speed
 Controller Line of Business.  "As the industry adoption of server
 virtualization increases, we are excited to be working with industry pioneer
 VMware to drive optimized integration and support for Broadcom converged NICs
 with VMware ESX Server."
     "Cisco is committed to bringing the benefits of best-in-class data center
 virtualization solutions to our customers," said Jayshree Ullal, Senior Vice
 President, Datacenter, Switching and Security Technology Group, Cisco.  "By
 fostering the creation of open virtualization standards we can better deliver
 our customers complete end-to-end data center solutions that take advantage of
 the natural synergy between VMware's virtual machine capabilities and the
 end-to-end physical server, storage, security, I/O virtualization, and VFrame
 virtualization management capabilities Cisco offers across our portfolio of
 data center switching infrastructure."
     "Our customers are expanding the use of virtual technologies in their data
 centers," according to Sam Greenblatt, Senior Vice President and Chief
 Technology Advisor at Computer Associates International.  "CA has a long
 history of helping customers leverage these systems, which run the gamut from
 classic mainframes to more recent innovations on commodity platforms.  Working
 with VMware under the Community Source program will be an important step
 toward identifying standards that will make virtualized environments even more
 significant in deploying IT assets in the enterprise."
     "Emulex is working closely with VMware to bring to market and support
 enterprise-class virtualization solutions via the VMware Community Source
 program.  The Emulex HBA architecture is uniquely flexible and features
 industry-standard APIs to ensure seamless compatibility with industry-leading
 virtualization solutions, such as VMware ESX Server," said Mike Smith,
 Executive Vice President of Worldwide Marketing at Emulex.  "As a leading
 contributor to community development initiatives, we expect VMware's Community
 Source program to provide the open framework and flexibility required for
 maximizing server and storage management, while ensuring deployment of fully
 interoperable solutions to our mutual customers."
     "Mellanox looks forward to leveraging the source code that VMware is
 opening up through the Community Source initiative," said Eyal Waldman, CEO of
 Mellanox.  "Mellanox is leading the industry in advancing Infiniband
 technology and driving the incorporation of Infiniband technology and
 optimizations into VMware virtual infrastructure for the 10,000+ enterprise
 customers running VMware in their data centers."
     "Virtualization technology will be important in terms of improving total
 cost of ownership, manageability, dynamic workload optimization, zero-downtime
 maintenance and rapid provisioning," said Prem Kumar, Vice President of Server
 Technologies at Oracle.  "Oracle is supportive of VMware opening up their
 technology and believes this will drive greater innovation for virtualization
 technology overall."
     "QLogic sees increasing customer adoption of VMware virtual infrastructure
 with QLogic Fibre Channel Storage Area Networks," said Roger Klein, Vice
 President of Product Marketing at QLogic.  "We are excited to work with VMware
 under the Community Source umbrella to add value to VMware ESX Server and
 deliver jointly optimized solutions to our customers."

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