VMware Announces Preferred Hardware Partner Program

Compaq, Dell, IBM, and VA Linux to be Founding Partners



Dec 05, 2000, 00:00 ET from VMware, Inc.

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc. announced today the
 formation of its Preferred Hardware Partner Program. Founding partners in the
 program include Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:   CPQ), Dell, IBM (NYSE:   IBM), and
 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX).
     The program provides a way for VMware and its hardware partners to test,
 optimize, and jointly market solutions based on VMware software and partner
 hardware. By participating in the Preferred Hardware Partner Program, hardware
 vendors are able to assure their customers that their systems have been fully
 tested and optimized to support VMware products.
     This announcement is being made in conjunction with VMware's entry into
 the server market with two products designed for service providers and
 enterprise IT customers. (See separate news release.)
     VMware launched its first product -- VMware Workstation for developers and
 other technical professionals -- in May 1999. Since then, VMware has
 registered more than 500,000 users including 5,000 corporate customers in more
 than 100 countries.
     "We are pleased to welcome these founding partners into our Preferred
 Hardware Partner Program," said Diane Greene, president and chief executive
 officer of VMware. "Their participation demonstrates our shared commitment to
 providing our customers with the information they need to make confident
 decisions about how to deploy VMware's new server products."
 
     Compaq
     "We welcome VMware's new server software products," said Gary Campbell,
 vice president and chief technical officer, Enterprise Servers, Compaq
 Computer Corp. "Compaq ProLiant industry-standard server platforms deliver the
 highest levels of performance and scale out for rapid deployment. Our
 relationship with VMware will enable us to provide customers with even greater
 flexibility and an even wider array of proven solutions."
 
     Dell
     "Service Providers are an increasingly important market for Dell PowerEdge
 and PowerApp servers," said Gene Austin, vice president, worldwide marketing,
 Dell Enterprise Systems Group. "Partnerships like ours with VMware help Dell
 deliver best-of-breed solutions and expand our position in the marketplace."
 
     VA Linux
     "Linux has always strived for maximum interoperability in heterogeneous
 network environments. VMware brings a creative approach to further addressing
 interoperability issues," said Brian Biles, vice president of business
 development, VA Linux Systems. "VA Linux is pleased to join VMware's Preferred
 Partner Program."
 
     About VMware
     VMware is a leading provider of software for delivering managed services
 on Intel computers safely, reliably and on demand. VMware's customers include
 service providers, enterprise information technology groups, and technical
 professionals. Founded in 1998, VMware delivered its first product -- software
 that enables Intel desktop computers to run multiple operating systems
 simultaneously -- 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.
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE:  A complete list of all news releases from VMware today is
 as follows:
 
     -- VMware Enables Intel Server Customers to Scale their Internet Computing
        Infrastructures Safely, Reliably and on Demand, December 5, 2000
     -- VMware Announces Initial Adopters of its New Server Products
        -- CenterBeam, Inc., eOnline, Inc., Merrill Lynch, and ProTier,
        December 5, 2000
     -- Compaq, Dell, IBM and VA Linux are Founding Partners in VMware's
        Preferred Server Hardware Vendor Program, December 5, 2000
     -- VMware Forms Professional Services Organization and Announces New
        Offerings to Ensure Customer Success, December 5, 2000
     -- VMware Strengthens Management Team with New CFO and Vice Presidents of
        Marketing and Professional Services, December 5, 2000
 
 

SOURCE VMware, Inc.
    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc. announced today the
 formation of its Preferred Hardware Partner Program. Founding partners in the
 program include Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:   CPQ), Dell, IBM (NYSE:   IBM), and
 VA Linux Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: LNUX).
     The program provides a way for VMware and its hardware partners to test,
 optimize, and jointly market solutions based on VMware software and partner
 hardware. By participating in the Preferred Hardware Partner Program, hardware
 vendors are able to assure their customers that their systems have been fully
 tested and optimized to support VMware products.
     This announcement is being made in conjunction with VMware's entry into
 the server market with two products designed for service providers and
 enterprise IT customers. (See separate news release.)
     VMware launched its first product -- VMware Workstation for developers and
 other technical professionals -- in May 1999. Since then, VMware has
 registered more than 500,000 users including 5,000 corporate customers in more
 than 100 countries.
     "We are pleased to welcome these founding partners into our Preferred
 Hardware Partner Program," said Diane Greene, president and chief executive
 officer of VMware. "Their participation demonstrates our shared commitment to
 providing our customers with the information they need to make confident
 decisions about how to deploy VMware's new server products."
 
     Compaq
     "We welcome VMware's new server software products," said Gary Campbell,
 vice president and chief technical officer, Enterprise Servers, Compaq
 Computer Corp. "Compaq ProLiant industry-standard server platforms deliver the
 highest levels of performance and scale out for rapid deployment. Our
 relationship with VMware will enable us to provide customers with even greater
 flexibility and an even wider array of proven solutions."
 
     Dell
     "Service Providers are an increasingly important market for Dell PowerEdge
 and PowerApp servers," said Gene Austin, vice president, worldwide marketing,
 Dell Enterprise Systems Group. "Partnerships like ours with VMware help Dell
 deliver best-of-breed solutions and expand our position in the marketplace."
 
     VA Linux
     "Linux has always strived for maximum interoperability in heterogeneous
 network environments. VMware brings a creative approach to further addressing
 interoperability issues," said Brian Biles, vice president of business
 development, VA Linux Systems. "VA Linux is pleased to join VMware's Preferred
 Partner Program."
 
     About VMware
     VMware is a leading provider of software for delivering managed services
 on Intel computers safely, reliably and on demand. VMware's customers include
 service providers, enterprise information technology groups, and technical
 professionals. Founded in 1998, VMware delivered its first product -- software
 that enables Intel desktop computers to run multiple operating systems
 simultaneously -- 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.
 
     EDITOR'S NOTE:  A complete list of all news releases from VMware today is
 as follows:
 
     -- VMware Enables Intel Server Customers to Scale their Internet Computing
        Infrastructures Safely, Reliably and on Demand, December 5, 2000
     -- VMware Announces Initial Adopters of its New Server Products
        -- CenterBeam, Inc., eOnline, Inc., Merrill Lynch, and ProTier,
        December 5, 2000
     -- Compaq, Dell, IBM and VA Linux are Founding Partners in VMware's
        Preferred Server Hardware Vendor Program, December 5, 2000
     -- VMware Forms Professional Services Organization and Announces New
        Offerings to Ensure Customer Success, December 5, 2000
     -- VMware Strengthens Management Team with New CFO and Vice Presidents of
        Marketing and Professional Services, December 5, 2000
 
 SOURCE  VMware, Inc.