VMware Enables Intel Server Customers to Scale Their Internet Computing Infrastructures Safely, Reliably, and On Demand

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

    PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- VMware, Inc. (www.vmware.com)
 announced today two new software products that enable service providers and
 enterprise information technology (IT) organizations using Intel and
 Intel-compatible servers to scale their Internet computing infrastructures
 safely, reliably and on demand.
     VMware GSX Server helps customers achieve mainframe-class control on Intel
 servers and VMware ESX Server is a highly scalable product for
 high-performance server environments that adds mainframe-class resource and
 system management capabilities.
     "We're at the center of three IT trends," said Diane Greene, co-founder,
 president and chief executive officer of VMware.  "One is the need to deliver
 managed services on Intel servers with mainframe-class quality and Internet
 speed.  Another is a computing environment that is complex, with an incredible
 number of incompatible hardware platforms, operating systems and applications.
 And the third is growing pressure to meet these challenges without increasing
 IT budgets or adding staff.
     "With VMware, you can create a uniform software platform for delivering
 applications and services on Intel servers that factors out hardware and
 operating system differences and simplifies deployment and management," said
 Greene.  "That's of huge value to service providers and enterprise IT."
     VMware was founded in 1998 and 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.  Today marks VMware's
 expansion into server markets estimated at $7 billion or seven times the size
 of its current markets by 2004, according to industry analysts.*
 
     The MultipleWorlds Advantage
     VMware's software is based on the company's patent pending MultipleWorlds
 technology, a thin software layer that sits between the Intel architecture and
 the operating system, virtualizing the hardware and managing all hardware
 resources.  MultipleWorlds technology combines the principles of classic
 virtual machine technology with advanced virtual networking and
 mainframe-class system and resource management capabilities.
     With MultipleWorlds technology, users create virtual hardware
 environments, called virtual machines, each of which runs its own separate
 operating system.  Users can run different operating systems or multiple
 instances of the same operating system depending on their requirements.
 MultipleWorlds' virtual networking, system, and resource management
 capabilities enable them to dynamically allocate and manage resources across
 virtual machines at any granularity.
     With MultipleWorlds technology, users in server environments can:
 
     Consolidate Servers
     Because many virtual machines can run on a single server, the number of
 computers required to perform the same workload is dramatically reduced.  This
 saves on hardware costs, floor space, and IT fixed skills costs because fewer
 physical machines cost less, take up less valuable real estate, and are easier
 to manage.
 
     Rapidly Provision Servers, Test, and Deploy New Applications and Services
     Because virtual machines can be copied and moved from one machine to
 another, users can provision new instances of applications and services
 instantly and remotely, saving time and resources.  In addition, test set up
 is faster and doesn't require as much hardware, and replicating test
 environments is trivial so tests can scale quickly.  Once testing is complete,
 users can deploy new applications and services with complete confidence
 because they are deploying the exact tested image.  And, in the event of an
 operating system crash, archived images can be quickly restored, reducing
 downtime, lost data, and end-user productivity losses.
 
     Build, Scale and Manage a Complex Infrastructure Quickly and Easily
     With MultipleWorlds technology, users can create a uniform platform on top
 of diverse and incompatible hardware, factoring out hardware and operating
 system differences and creating standard server environments.  This greatly
 simplifies application and service deployment, management, maintenance, and
 support.  Also, by cloning and instantly deploying new virtual machines,
 organizations can deliver capacity on demand without physical set up.  This
 can result in dramatic improvements in the quality of service to end users or
 in the case of service providers, the ability to add new customers,
 applications, or services in minutes.
 
     Achieve Mainframe-class Management and Control
     With MultipleWorlds technology, users can dynamically allocate resources
 across virtual machines at any granularity, providing a level of system and
 resource management unmatched in even high-end enterprise server environments
 today.  In addition, users can implement mainframe-class failover and
 redundancy more flexibly and far less expensively because it all can be done
 in software.  And because virtual machines are isolated and protected from one
 another, users can implement finely tuned security policies.
 
     More than 120 Companies Evaluating VMware's Server Products
     VMware launched a beta program for select customers eight weeks ago and to
 date more than 120 companies have signed up to evaluate VMware's new server
 products.  Among the first to install and begin testing the products are
 CenterBeam, eOnline, Merrill Lynch, and Pro Tier (see separate news release).
     "The strong initial response to our server products from some of the most
 demanding IT customers in the world gives us great confidence in our ability
 to be successful with our server products in broader markets," said Greene.
 
     Specifications, Pricing and Availability
     VMware will ship a version of the GSX Server that runs on servers with
 Linux operating systems in January 2001 and a version of GSX Server for
 servers with the Windows NT operating system in the second quarter of 2001.
 Both versions of the GSX Server enable customers to deploy Windows and/or
 Linux operating systems in virtual machines.  GSX Server is priced at $2,499
 for a single license purchase and will be available directly from VMware and
 from selected resellers and distributors.  Initial support is required to
 purchase GSX Server and ranges from 10-25% of the gross license fee, depending
 on which support option customers choose.  Usage-based pricing is available
 for service providers using GSX Server to deliver hosted applications and
 services to their customers.
     VMware will ship ESX Server in limited quantities in the first quarter of
 2001.  ESX Server does not require a host operating system and can also be
 used to deploy Windows and/or Linux operating systems in virtual machines.
 Usage-based pricing for ESX Server starts at approximately $20,000 per month.
 Initial support is required to purchase ESX Server and ranges from 10-25% of
 the gross monthly fee, depending on which support option customers choose.
 Licensed-based pricing for the ESX Server will also be available at first
 customer ship (FCS).
     VMware GSX Server and ESX Server products include built-in Web-based
 management capabilities allowing individual virtual machines to be configured,
 powered on or off, reset, configured, and monitored remotely from any standard
 Web browser.  Add-on remote KVM (keyboard video mouse) console software for
 PCs is also bundled with each GSX Server and ESX Server.
     For a complete list of product features, specifications and system
 requirements visit VMware's Web site at http://www.vmware.com, or to sign up
 for VMware's server beta program, email sales@vmware.com.
 
     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.
     * VMware derived its market size projection from server market forecasts
 by Forrester Research Group and International Data Corporation (IDC).
     NOTE TO EDITORS:  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. (www.vmware.com)
 announced today two new software products that enable service providers and
 enterprise information technology (IT) organizations using Intel and
 Intel-compatible servers to scale their Internet computing infrastructures
 safely, reliably and on demand.
     VMware GSX Server helps customers achieve mainframe-class control on Intel
 servers and VMware ESX Server is a highly scalable product for
 high-performance server environments that adds mainframe-class resource and
 system management capabilities.
     "We're at the center of three IT trends," said Diane Greene, co-founder,
 president and chief executive officer of VMware.  "One is the need to deliver
 managed services on Intel servers with mainframe-class quality and Internet
 speed.  Another is a computing environment that is complex, with an incredible
 number of incompatible hardware platforms, operating systems and applications.
 And the third is growing pressure to meet these challenges without increasing
 IT budgets or adding staff.
     "With VMware, you can create a uniform software platform for delivering
 applications and services on Intel servers that factors out hardware and
 operating system differences and simplifies deployment and management," said
 Greene.  "That's of huge value to service providers and enterprise IT."
     VMware was founded in 1998 and 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.  Today marks VMware's
 expansion into server markets estimated at $7 billion or seven times the size
 of its current markets by 2004, according to industry analysts.*
 
     The MultipleWorlds Advantage
     VMware's software is based on the company's patent pending MultipleWorlds
 technology, a thin software layer that sits between the Intel architecture and
 the operating system, virtualizing the hardware and managing all hardware
 resources.  MultipleWorlds technology combines the principles of classic
 virtual machine technology with advanced virtual networking and
 mainframe-class system and resource management capabilities.
     With MultipleWorlds technology, users create virtual hardware
 environments, called virtual machines, each of which runs its own separate
 operating system.  Users can run different operating systems or multiple
 instances of the same operating system depending on their requirements.
 MultipleWorlds' virtual networking, system, and resource management
 capabilities enable them to dynamically allocate and manage resources across
 virtual machines at any granularity.
     With MultipleWorlds technology, users in server environments can:
 
     Consolidate Servers
     Because many virtual machines can run on a single server, the number of
 computers required to perform the same workload is dramatically reduced.  This
 saves on hardware costs, floor space, and IT fixed skills costs because fewer
 physical machines cost less, take up less valuable real estate, and are easier
 to manage.
 
     Rapidly Provision Servers, Test, and Deploy New Applications and Services
     Because virtual machines can be copied and moved from one machine to
 another, users can provision new instances of applications and services
 instantly and remotely, saving time and resources.  In addition, test set up
 is faster and doesn't require as much hardware, and replicating test
 environments is trivial so tests can scale quickly.  Once testing is complete,
 users can deploy new applications and services with complete confidence
 because they are deploying the exact tested image.  And, in the event of an
 operating system crash, archived images can be quickly restored, reducing
 downtime, lost data, and end-user productivity losses.
 
     Build, Scale and Manage a Complex Infrastructure Quickly and Easily
     With MultipleWorlds technology, users can create a uniform platform on top
 of diverse and incompatible hardware, factoring out hardware and operating
 system differences and creating standard server environments.  This greatly
 simplifies application and service deployment, management, maintenance, and
 support.  Also, by cloning and instantly deploying new virtual machines,
 organizations can deliver capacity on demand without physical set up.  This
 can result in dramatic improvements in the quality of service to end users or
 in the case of service providers, the ability to add new customers,
 applications, or services in minutes.
 
     Achieve Mainframe-class Management and Control
     With MultipleWorlds technology, users can dynamically allocate resources
 across virtual machines at any granularity, providing a level of system and
 resource management unmatched in even high-end enterprise server environments
 today.  In addition, users can implement mainframe-class failover and
 redundancy more flexibly and far less expensively because it all can be done
 in software.  And because virtual machines are isolated and protected from one
 another, users can implement finely tuned security policies.
 
     More than 120 Companies Evaluating VMware's Server Products
     VMware launched a beta program for select customers eight weeks ago and to
 date more than 120 companies have signed up to evaluate VMware's new server
 products.  Among the first to install and begin testing the products are
 CenterBeam, eOnline, Merrill Lynch, and Pro Tier (see separate news release).
     "The strong initial response to our server products from some of the most
 demanding IT customers in the world gives us great confidence in our ability
 to be successful with our server products in broader markets," said Greene.
 
     Specifications, Pricing and Availability
     VMware will ship a version of the GSX Server that runs on servers with
 Linux operating systems in January 2001 and a version of GSX Server for
 servers with the Windows NT operating system in the second quarter of 2001.
 Both versions of the GSX Server enable customers to deploy Windows and/or
 Linux operating systems in virtual machines.  GSX Server is priced at $2,499
 for a single license purchase and will be available directly from VMware and
 from selected resellers and distributors.  Initial support is required to
 purchase GSX Server and ranges from 10-25% of the gross license fee, depending
 on which support option customers choose.  Usage-based pricing is available
 for service providers using GSX Server to deliver hosted applications and
 services to their customers.
     VMware will ship ESX Server in limited quantities in the first quarter of
 2001.  ESX Server does not require a host operating system and can also be
 used to deploy Windows and/or Linux operating systems in virtual machines.
 Usage-based pricing for ESX Server starts at approximately $20,000 per month.
 Initial support is required to purchase ESX Server and ranges from 10-25% of
 the gross monthly fee, depending on which support option customers choose.
 Licensed-based pricing for the ESX Server will also be available at first
 customer ship (FCS).
     VMware GSX Server and ESX Server products include built-in Web-based
 management capabilities allowing individual virtual machines to be configured,
 powered on or off, reset, configured, and monitored remotely from any standard
 Web browser.  Add-on remote KVM (keyboard video mouse) console software for
 PCs is also bundled with each GSX Server and ESX Server.
     For a complete list of product features, specifications and system
 requirements visit VMware's Web site at http://www.vmware.com, or to sign up
 for VMware's server beta program, email sales@vmware.com.
 
     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.
     * VMware derived its market size projection from server market forecasts
 by Forrester Research Group and International Data Corporation (IDC).
     NOTE TO EDITORS:  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
 
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