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VMware Virtual Infrastructure to Harness the Full Power of Dual-Core Processors

VMware Virtual Infrastructure to Harness the Full Power of Dual-Core Processors

VMware Virtualization Exploits the Added Processing Power of New Dual-Core Systems

PALO ALTO, Calif., August 16, 2005 – VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced that its entire server virtualization product line will support dual-core processors, enabling enterprises to fully exploit the power of new dual-core systems. In addition, VMware will price its server products per-socket or per-CPU, rather than charging by individual core, making it possible for enterprises to take full advantage of the next-generation technology without any additional licensing costs.

"Given the tremendous processing capabilities of dual-core systems, they are a sweet-spot for virtualization. Anyone deploying a dual-core system should implement VMware virtual infrastructure to harness the full potential of this enhanced capability," said Jeffrey Engelmann, executive vice president of marketing at VMware. "Customers can utilize this increased processing power at the same price they pay for single-core servers so they'll essentially be getting double the value when they deploy on dual-core systems."

VMware GSX Server 3.2, released last month, is the first VMware server product to support dual-core systems. The next releases of VMware's data center products, VMware ESX Server and VMware VirtualCenter, will complete the delivery of support for dual-core systems across the VMware server product line. VMware Workstation and VMware ACE supported dual-core processors when they were introduced on the desktop earlier this year.

"There is tremendous synergy between customer deployments utilizing VMware's server virtualization product line and Intel Xeon processors with dual-core capabilities," said Kirk Skaugen, general manager of Intel's Server Platform Group. "With the introduction of dual-core processors, Intel Virtualization Technology and future platform enhancements, Intel is committed to improving performance, efficiency, manageability and availability across all market segments."

"We work closely with VMware to help ensure all their products take advantage of the newest features in AMD's processors, and we believe VMware continues to bring virtualization into mainstream data centers with the decision to support dual-core processor technology," said Marty Seyer, corporate vice president and general manager, Microprocessor Solutions Sector, AMD. "The Dual-Core AMD Opteron processors, available in systems from industry-leading hardware vendors including HP, IBM and Sun, deliver up to a 90 percent performance improvement over single-core processors, making them an ideal server consolidation platform for VMware virtual infrastructure software."

VMware virtual infrastructure, used by more than 10,000 enterprises worldwide, delivers real business value through reduced IT operating expenses, server consolidation and containment, improved business continuity, streamlined test and development and deployment and management of secure enterprise desktops.

About VMware, Inc.

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 or call 650-475-5000.

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