Palo Alto, CALIF. — VMware, Inc. announced the formation of its Preferred Hardware Partner Program. Founding partners in the program include Compaq Computer Corp., Dell, IBM, and VA Linux Systems, Inc.
The program provides a way for VMware and its hardware partners to test, optimize, and jointly market solutions based on VMware software and partner hardware. By participating in the Preferred Hardware Partner Program, hardware vendors are able to assure their customers that their systems have been fully tested and optimized to support VMware products.
This announcement is being made in conjunction with VMware’s entry into the server market with two products designed for service providers and enterprise IT customers.
VMware launched its first product – VMware Workstation for developers and other technical professionals – in May 1999. Since then, VMware has registered more than 500,000 users including 5,000 corporate customers in more than 100 countries.
“We are pleased to welcome these founding partners into our Preferred Hardware Partner Program,” said Diane Greene, president and chief executive officer of VMware. “Their participation demonstrates our shared commitment to providing our customers with the information they need to make confident decisions about how to deploy VMware’s new server products.”
“We welcome VMware’s new server software products,” said Gary Campbell, vice president and chief technical officer, Enterprise Servers, Compaq Computer Corp. “Compaq ProLiant industry-standard server platforms deliver the highest levels of performance and scale out for rapid deployment. Our relationship with VMware will enable us to provide customers with even greater flexibility and an even wider array of proven solutions.”
VMware is a leading provider of software for delivering managed services on Intel computers safely, reliably and on demand. VMware’s customers include service providers, enterprise information technology groups, and technical professionals. Founded in 1998, VMware delivered its first product – software that enables Intel desktop computers to run multiple operating systems simultaneously – in May 1999. For more information, visit VMware’s Web site at http://www.vmware.com .