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“Hello Freedom”— VMworld 2009 to Energize San Francisco with the Leading Virtualization Event

“Hello Freedom”— VMworld 2009 to Energize San Francisco with the Leading Virtualization Event

More than 200 of the Leading Companies in the Virtualization Industry to Showcase Innovative Technologies and Solutions at the Event Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Symantec and WYSE Featured as Platinum Sponsors and Speakers

PALO ALTO, Calif. – August 25, 2009—VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today unveiled the speaker lineup and sponsorship list for the most important virtualization event of the year, VMworld 2009. 

Underscoring the conference theme, “Hello Freedom,” more than 300 presentations and breakout sessions from companies and customers driving innovation in the virtualization industry will focus on the liberating and transformative effects of virtualization on nearly every aspect of datacenter, desktop and cloud computing. More than 200 sponsors and exhibitors are supporting the conference including platinum sponsors: Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, NetApp, Symantec and WYSE who will also be delivering super session keynotes.

Leading off the general session keynote presentations will be VMware President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maritz who will examine the rapidly expanding role of virtualization as IT organizations implement innovative solutions to achieve unprecedented levels of agility, reliability and cost savings.  Maritz will deliver his keynote on Tuesday, September 1 at 8:00 a.m. PT.  VMware Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Research and Development Dr. Stephen Herrod will discuss the future of virtualization and the evolution of computing in his keynote address on Wednesday, September 2 at 8:00 a.m. PT. Both presentations will be available via webcast at:

The “Hello Freedom” theme highlights the ability of virtualization to empower IT professionals to rid themselves of the technical limitations of conventional computing, and recognizes the resourceful, creative and forward-thinking IT professionals and developers who leverage virtualization to turn possibilities into reality and potential into impact.  Thousands of VMware customers worldwide are transforming their organizations by saying “goodbye” to the inflexible and inefficient traditional approach to computing and saying “hello” to a future of infinite possibilities powered by virtualization.

The “Hello Freedom” theme will be further amplified by the conference’s first Technology Exchange Developer Day on Monday, August 31 with nearly 300 developers attending. VMware Chief Operating Officer Tod Nielsen will be the featured keynote speaker. The industry’s leading software developers and engineers will also be presenting the latest technologies for building robust solutions on the VMware vSphere™ 4 platform. Attendees will be able to participate in beginner and advanced level sessions that provide an overview and best practices in the adoption of VMware’s developer APIs, including the VMware vSphere 4 Web Services Software Development Kit (SDK).  
VMworld 2009 will feature more than 300 breakout sessions in six tracks: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Desktop Virtualization, Enterprise Applications, Technology & Architecture, Virtualization 101, and Virtualization Management. VMworld will also feature 12 instructor-led and nine self-paced labs with over 10,000 total lab seats.

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About VMware

VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop to the datacenter—bringing cloud computing to businesses of all sizes. Customers rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security and go green. With 2008 revenues of $1.9 billion  , more than 150,000 customers and more than 22,000 partners, VMware is one of the fastest growing public software companies. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is majority-owned by EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC).

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Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release which are not statements of historical fact are forward-looking statements and are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements relate, but are not limited, to, continuing customer adoption and deployment of virtualization products and architecture.  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) the duration and deepening of negative 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, (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology initiatives; (vi) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software; (vii) changes to product development timelines; and (viii) our 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 the report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2009, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware disclaims any obligation to update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.