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VMware vSphere 5.0 Earns Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

VMware vSphere 5.0 Earns Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

Industry’s Most Trusted and Widely Deployed Virtualization Platform Achieves Highest-Level Security Certification

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 30, 2012 – VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced that VMware vSphere™ 5.0 has achieved Common Criteria certification at Evaluation Assurance Level 4 (EAL4+) under the Common Criteria Evaluation and Certification Scheme (CCS). Common Criteria is an international set of guidelines (ISO 15408) that provides a common framework for evaluating security features and capabilities of Information Technology (IT) security products, and EAL4+ is the highest assurance level that is recognized globally by all signatories under the Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA).

"Cloud computing is a top priority for CIOs of government IT organizations,” said Aileen Black, vice president, public sector, VMware. “With VMware vSphere 5.0, government organizations can trust that they have a solid and reliable platform to achieve the benefits of cloud computing while maintaining the security, control and efficiency they require."

With VMware vSphere 5.0 achieving EAL4+ certification, this marks the completion of an intensive effort during which VMware vSphere 5.0 was examined, tested and certified at EAL4+, validating that VMware vSphere is one of the most proven platforms for modern IT infrastructure.

To facilitate the successful achievement of the Common Criteria certification, VMware worked with Corsec Security, Inc., and CGI’s accredited Common Criteria lab to complete the evaluation.

"VMware vSphere continues to lead virtualization and cloud computing solutions in its class and surpass security expectations by achieving Common Criteria at an EAL4+, " said Matthew Appler, CEO of Corsec Security. "VMware’s consistent certification strategy clearly demonstrates their commitment to security."

“CGI is pleased to support VMware’s continuing commitment to providing Common Criteria certified products for use worldwide” said Jason Lawlor, lab director at CGI’s IT Security Evaluation and Test Facility. “The growth of virtualized environments adds to the requirement for providing customers with certified solutions that have been tested to recognize industry standards like Common Criteria. VMware continues to be a leader in this regard.”

VMware has led the industry with the completion of the first Common Criteria certification for a virtualization product on x86 hardware with the certification of VMware ESX® Server 2.5 and VMware VirtualCenter™ in 2006.  Since then, VMware has maintained industry leadership with certifications of each subsequent release. The achievement of Common Criteria certification for vSphere 5.0 at EAL4+ continues to demonstrate VMware’s commitment to providing industry leading certified solutions.

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About Corsec Security, Inc.

Corsec Security, Inc. specializes in helping companies navigate through the complex process of achieving FIPS 140-2, Common Criteria (CC), and UC APL certifications. Corsec delivers unmatched expertise in the areas of security consulting, document creation, and project management, which can be leveraged to streamline the validation process. Corsec partners with companies around the world to achieve U.S. and international certification on a wide range of products. Corsec minimizes the time, effort and money a vendor needs to invest in validation, and performs its services at a firm, fixed price, ultimately maximizing the return on that investment. For further information, please visit

About CGI

Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is one of the largest independent information technology and business process services firms in the world. CGI and its affiliated companies employ approximately 31,000 professionals. CGI provides end-to-end IT and business process services to clients worldwide from offices and centres of excellence in Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia Pacific. As at December 31, 2011, CGI's annualized revenue was approximately $4.1 billion and its order backlog was approximately $13.6 billion. CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB) and are included in both the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Website:

About VMware

VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2011 revenues of $3.77 billion, VMware has more than 350,000 customers and 50,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at

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