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VMware Submits VMware vCloud API Specification to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) – First Ever Submission of Key Cloud Interface

VMware Submits VMware vCloud API Specification to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) – First Ever Submission of Key Cloud Interface

Submission Builds on VMware Commitment to Open Standards and Customer Choice

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 1, 2009 — Today at VMworld 2009, VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, announced the submission of its vCloud API to the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) to enable consistent mobility, provisioning, management, and service assurance of applications running in internal and external clouds. The submission is part of the VMware vCloud™ Initiative – created to enable customers to work closely with VMware cloud partners who provide reliable, enterprise-ready cloud services without the lock-in associated with some cloud solutions available today. (See related press release also announced today: “World’s Leading Service Providers Build New Cloud Services on the VMware Platform.”)

As customers turn to cloud computing for its benefits – convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of computing resources – there is often a concern about vendor lock-in and huge investments in proprietary tools, formats and infrastructure. Earlier this year, VMware released its vCloud API to partners to work with them to develop and deploy interoperable cloud services. With the availability of this API, customers can choose cloud services that will enable the on-demand flexibility that they require, and the ability to move their applications in and out of internal or external clouds with the high availability, manageability and security that customers have grown to rely on from VMware.

“VMware is committed to open standards, and we are excited to submit the VMware vCloud API for consideration by the DMTF,” said Dr. Stephen Herrod, chief technology officer and senior vice president of research and development, VMware. “As customers choose to move more and more applications into the cloud, they need assurances that they will have choice amongst cloud vendors and not be artificially locked into one or the other. The VMware vCloud API provides for rich capabilities such as upload, download, instantiation, deployment and operation of vApps, networks and virtual datacenters, and we feel it is a great basis upon which to start the standardization process. Our ultimate goal is to provide cloud interoperability while still allowing vendors to have significant differentiated values to offer to their customers.”

“VMware is among the industry leaders working within DMTF to promote open standards for the industry," said Mike Baskey, DMTF chairman of the board.  "DMTF is pleased to receive this important contribution as input toward the goal of addressing open management interfaces for the cloud. The development of standards in this space will greatly benefit customers as they continue to adopt cloud computing.”

Earlier this year, DMTF announced the formation of the “Open Cloud Standards Incubator,” a group dedicated to addressing the need for open management standards for cloud computing. The DMTF Open Cloud Standards incubator now has more than 35 companies participating including the 17 Leadership board member companies:  AMD, CA, Cisco, Citrix, EMC, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Novell, Rackspace, RedHat, Savvis, SunGard, Sun Microsystems and VMware.

For more information on the VMware vCloud API, visit

About VMworld 2009

Now in its sixth year, VMworld 2009, with more than 10,000 attendees and over 200 sponsors and exhibitors, is the must-attend event for IT professionals looking for actionable ideas, innovative products and best practices for virtualizing their business – from the desktop to the datacenter to the cloud.  Under the theme "Hello Freedom", VMware and virtualization are changing the world of IT – no longer is IT tethered to complicated, expensive and inefficient systems. Say goodbye to the limitations of the traditional ways of computing and hello to the power to innovate. See how virtualization frees the lives of those that embrace it. Super Sessions are being given by Platinum Sponsors Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Symantec, Wyse and VMware.  VMworld features more than 300 breakout sessions and hands-on labs, led by VMware and industry professionals, and is being held August 31- September 3 at Moscone Center in San Francisco.

About VMware

VMware delivers solutions for business infrastructure virtualization that enable IT organizations to energize businesses of all sizes.  With the industry leading virtualization platform – VMware vSphere™ – customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve agility, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion, more than 150,000 customers and 22,000 partners, VMware is the leader in virtualization which consistently ranks as a top priority among CIOs. VMware is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

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