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VMware, Inc.

February 02, 2015 16:00 ET

VMware Unveils Industry's First Unified Platform for the Hybrid Cloud

VMware NSX and VMware vCloud Air to Bridge Public and Private Clouds With a Single Network; New VMware OpenStack Distribution to Deliver Simple Path to Building OpenStack Clouds; VMware vSphere 6, Foundation for Hybrid Cloud, to Deliver More Than 650 New Features and Innovations

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - February 02, 2015) - VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced the industry's first unified platform of virtualized compute, networking and storage for the hybrid cloud. Defined in software, VMware's platform will enable customers to create one consistent environment across the private and public cloud to run, protect and manage any cloud-native or traditional application. The platform will also offers customers openness and choice in how to build and manage their applications and cloud environments based on their specific needs.

The manner in which businesses create value is changing significantly, shifting value from hard assets to the more liquid assets of software and data. In this time of transition, IT is adopting the cloud to increase agility. In doing so, IT must sort out the mire of "somewhat" compatible on- and off-premises cloud platforms. And, they must do all of this while managing the requisite levels of security and compliance. VMware is helping customers through this time of transition by putting software and data at the core of the business to enable a new model of IT.

"Every traditional industry across the globe is being transformed by software," said Pat Gelsinger, chief executive officer, VMware, Inc. "To navigate and thrive in the face of this change, businesses must be decisive in the face of uncertainty. Today, we are taking another leap forward in helping our customers meet these demands through a unified platform, defined in software, which will offer unmatched choice and extends our innovations across compute, networking and storage to deliver the hybrid cloud."

The Industry's First Unified Platform for the Hybrid Cloud
Unveiled today during a live event in San Francisco (view on VMware Now), VMware detailed the following new solutions and services for the hybrid cloud:

VMware vSphere® 6 - The Foundation for the Hybrid Cloud
Featuring more than 650 new features and innovations, VMware vSphere 6 delivers breakthrough new capabilities to address the unique needs of business-critical and cloud-native applications with higher performance, scale and consolidation ratios. VMware vSphere 6 also re-defines infrastructure and application service-levels and availability. Read more about VMware vSphere 6.

VMware Integrated OpenStack - A Simpler Path to OpenStack
VMware Integrated OpenStack is an OpenStack distribution that will enable organizations to quickly and cost-effectively provide developers with open APIs to access VMware's enterprise-class infrastructure. VMware packages, tests and supports all components of the distribution, including the open source OpenStack code, and will provide the distribution free of charge to VMware vSphere customers. Read more about VMware Integrated OpenStack.

VMware Virtual SAN™ 6 and vSphere Virtual Volumes™ - A New Generation of Enterprise Storage
Designed to enable mass adoption of software-defined storage, VMware Virtual SAN 6 will introduce significant scalability and performance enhancements to the company's award-winning hypervisor-converged storage solution. Additionally, VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes will offer a new level of storage integration to make external arrays natively aware of virtual machines. Read more about VMware's software-defined storage strategy and solutions.

VMware vCloud® Air™ Hybrid Networking Services powered by VMware NSX™
Expanding on integration work announced earlier this year, VMware revealed vCloud Air hybrid networking services that will help customers bridge VMware's vCloud Air public cloud service and VMware vSphere-based private clouds to enable a single, secure network domain through a gateway appliance. VMware NSX is a network virtualization platform that delivers the entire networking and security model from L2-L7 in software. VMware NSX is being deployed as the networking foundation for VMware vCloud Air™. Available via a phased release starting in the first half of 2015, VMware vCloud Air hybrid networking services will enable customers to maintain hundreds of virtual networks spanning the private cloud and vCloud Air over a single WAN connection, and share the same fine-grained "zero trust" security policies and network isolation for applications, unchanged.

VMware's unified platform includes advanced virtualization support for developers and system administrators who are leveraging continuous delivery and container-based distributed application technologies. Businesses rely on VMware's industry leading compute, networking and storage innovations, integration with the OpenStack framework, and integrations with containers and Kubernetes, the open-source container orchestration project initiated and managed by Google. This support helps customers achieve fast, flexible and reliable development, deployment and consumption of business-critical and cloud-native applications across the hybrid cloud.

VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6 and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes are expected to become available in Q1 2015.

Industry Commentary
"According to IDC research, more than 65 percent of IT organizations will commit to hybrid cloud architectures encompassing multiple public cloud services, as well as private cloud and/or non-cloud infrastructure resources, by the end of 2015. Through its unified platform for the hybrid cloud, VMware is positioning itself to help businesses through this transformative period." - Matthew Eastwood, Group Vice President and General Manager of IDC's Enterprise Platform Group

"The pace of adoption of our cloud is increasing at a substantial rate, and we needed to move to a self-service IT model. VMware Integrated OpenStack will enable us to deliver open API access to our VMware Infrastructure so users can quickly consume the resources they require, on-demand. VMware is providing us with a unified platform of virtualized compute, networking and storage. We can leverage an open cloud framework with VMware Integrated OpenStack, and combine it with vSphere for enterprise-class reliability and availability, and VMware NSX for secure micro-segmentation of our multi-tenant environment." - Frans Van Rooyen, compute platform architect, Adobe.

Additional Resources

About VMware
VMware is a leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware's industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2014 revenues of $6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

VMware, vSphere, vSphere Virtual Volumes, vCloud, NSX, vCloud Air and Virtual SAN are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word "partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, the expected features and availability of VMware vSphere 6, VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Virtual SAN 6 and VMware vSphere Virtual Volumes, their expected benefits to customers and expected future trends in customer requirements for IT. 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, government and information technology spending; (iii) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries, and new product and marketing initiatives by VMware's competitors; (iv) VMware's customers' ability to transition to new products and computing strategies such as cloud computing, desktop virtualization and the software defined data center; (v) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vi) rapid technological changes in the virtualization software and cloud, end user and mobile computing industries; (vii) changes to product and service development timelines; (viii) VMware's relationship with EMC Corporation and EMC's ability to control matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of VMware's board members; (ix) VMware's ability to protect its proprietary technology; (x) VMware's ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees; and (xi) the successful integration of acquired companies and assets into VMware. 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 VMware's 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. 

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