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VMware Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 6, 2011 —VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Leaders quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure.(1)

According to the report: "As of mid-2011, at least 40% of x86 architecture workloads have been virtualized on servers; furthermore, the installed base is expected to grow five-fold from 2010 through 2015 (as both the number of workloads in the marketplace grow and as penetration grows to more than 75%)." Moreover, "Although virtualization can offer an immediate and tactical return on investment (ROI), virtualization is an extremely strategic foundation for infrastructure modernization, improving the speed and quality of IT services, and migrating to hybrid and public cloud computing."

"The market continues to embrace virtualization as a foundation for IT transformation, gaining maximum efficiency from existing resources while establishing a new model for efficient, agile cloud operations," said Rick Jackson, chief marketing officer, VMware. "We believe our position as a leader reflects VMware's success in leading the market beyond early-stage server consolidation to establish the globally consistent infrastructure for private and public cloud environments while also creating the new backbone of the modern desktop."

Additional Industry Recognition and Momentum

  • VMware vSphere® is the most widely deployed virtualization platform in the world, broadly utilized by enterprises, small and medium size businesses (SMBs), public cloud service providers and as a foundation for the growing virtual desktop (VDI) market.
  • In the past year, VMware's installed base has grown to more than 250,000 customers worldwide, including 100 percent of the Fortune 100.
  • More than 1,400 Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) support more than 2,500 applications running on VMware vSphere
  • More than 5100 global service providers leverage VMware vSphere as the foundation for their public cloud services.

To read the full Gartner Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure report, please visit

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2011 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About VMware

VMware delivers virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions 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 2010 revenues of $2.9 billion, more than 250,000 customers and 25,000 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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(1) Gartner Inc., Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure, Thomas Bittman, George J. Weiss, Mark A. Margevicius and Philip Dawson, June 30, 2011

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding expected growth in virtualization, VMware's leadership position, expected changes in the provision of IT resources and the role of VMware virtualization products, including VMware vSohere, in that transformation.  These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to: (i) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (ii) delays or reductions in consumer or information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization market, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (iv) our customers’ ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud and desktop computing; (vii) changes to product development timelines; (viii) VMware’s ability to protect its proprietary technology; and (ix) VMware's ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees.. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.