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VMworld Sneak Peek

It’s dueling press releases time folks. Microsoft’s announcement today should be more than interesting but, in the meantime, VMware has issued a release previewing next week’s festivities. Don’t you just love competition? I’m a serious tennis fan and it’s great to see these two companies going at it the way Andy Murray and Rafa Nadal did in the outstanding conclusion of the US Open men’s semifinal yesterday.

VMware’s release today said the company expects a record 14,000 attendees, a 30% increase over last year. Also at the event will be around 200 sponsors and exhibitors including Cisco, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, Intel, NEC, NetApp and Symantec, all of whom will be delivering keynotes. Both Paul Maritz and the company’s new CTO Dr. Stephen Herrod will keynote. (Herrod replaces the company’s previous executive vice president of research and development, Richard Sarwal, who defected to Oracle earlier this month.) A number of VMware customers will be at the show including AT&T, Burt's Bees, Chevron, eBay, Nationwide, Qualcomm, and Siemens.

Several customer comments were cited in the press release. One that I especially liked was "When the price of gas forced me back on my Harley Davidson, VMware Workstation 6 allowed me to convert my laptop and run it from a usb drive that I carry around instead of heavy hardware."

Posted by Tom Valovic on 09/08/2008 at 12:49 PM


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