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VMware Delivers VMware vSphere 4

PALO ALTO, CA--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the data center and to the cloud, today announced the general availability of VMware vSphere 4, delivered ahead of schedule and with the support of an extensive partner ecosystem and customers around the globe.

"With VMware vSphere 4, we are once again raising the bar significantly for businesses that desire to dramatically improve IT performance," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president and general manager, server business unit, VMware. "The cost savings associated with virtualization are undeniable, and as more customers standardize on VMware to drive 100 percent virtualization, they are realizing the additional benefits that our solutions deliver, including increased flexibility and agility."

VMware vSphere 4 extends the previous generation VMware platform -- VMware Infrastructure 3 -- along three dimensions: it delivers the efficiency and performance required to run business critical applications in large scale environments, it provides uncompromised control over application security and service levels, and it preserves customer choice of hardware, OS, application architecture and on-premise vs. off-premise application hosting.

VMware vSphere 4 enables transformative capital and operational expenditure cost savings over and above what was previously achievable, including 30 percent increase in consolidation ratios, 50 percent storage savings, and 20 percent additional power savings. With VMware vSphere 4, even the most resource intensive business critical applications will benefit from the built-in service level assurance capabilities for availability, security and scalability.

Customers are already harnessing VMware vSphere 4 to bring the benefits of cloud computing to their datacenters, creating a practical approach to their own private clouds -- cloud computing infrastructures that span internal IT with external cloud service providers.

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