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VMware Unveils Calculator

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- VMware, Inc., the global leader in software for industry-standard virtualized desktops and servers, today introduced a self-service Web-based TCO Calculator that estimates the return on investment of VMware Infrastructure, the industry's most robust virtualization software suite, and provides a detailed report of potential cost savings. The VMware TCO Calculator is free of charge and available today at www.vmware.com/go/calculator.

IT decision makers face continually escalating data center infrastructure and administrative costs from hardware acquisition, management, power and cooling, real estate and disaster recovery. VMware Infrastructure is designed to help customers reduce these costs by turning industry-standard hardware into OS- and hardware-agnostic enterprise-class virtual infrastructure. The software suite is designed to allow entire server, storage and network farms to be managed as a shared utility and dynamically allocated to different business units or projects. Using the VMware TCO Calculator, customers now can quickly estimate the potential savings of implementing VMware Infrastructure as a core element of their IT architecture.

"We estimate that VMware Infrastructure enables us to avoid $7,500 in hardware and maintenance costs for each server virtualized. With 230 virtual machines now running our business-critical applications on only 18 physical servers in our Chicago data center, the savings add up to approximately $1.7 million," said Barry Naber, technology manager at International Truck and Engine Corp., a manufacturer of diesel engines, trucks and school buses. "Our analysis found that no other virtualization product could compare to the features or cost savings of VMware Infrastructure. The new VMware TCO Calculator should allow customers to make that decision even faster."

The VMware TCO Calculator is a sophisticated, user-friendly tool that requires just a few user inputs to quickly generate a detailed report assessing each area where a customer can expect potential savings. The TCO Calculator uses a robust methodology based on VMware customer surveys and experience in the field from working on VMware Infrastructure production deployments.

"Virtualization is an effective initiative companies can undertake to reign in the spiraling costs of maintaining an enterprise data center," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president of product and solutions marketing at VMware. "The VMware TCO Calculator is a helpful utility that enables customers to visualize the potential benefits of infrastructure virtualization and assists them in creating a roadmap for getting started."

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