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VMware and Inspur Announce OEM Agreement to Further Accelerate Adoption of Virtualization in China
VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) and Inspur today announced an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement to further accelerate the adoption of VMware virtualization in China. Starting today, Inspur is selling, distributing and supporting VMwares datacenter virtualization and management suite, VMware Infrastructure, on Inspur server systems. The two companies will collaborate on market development, product sales, professional training and customer acquisition as well as technical services. The relationship enables both companies to develop virtualization solutions that effectively meet Chinas market demands, leveraging the performance and scalability of Inspur servers with VMware virtualization to reduce capital and operating expenses, improve business continuity, strengthen security and reduce energy consumption.

Chinas rapid economic growth and increased focus on conserving energy have spurred the need for customers to adopt the best solutions for meeting business demands while enabling a green datacenter, said Diane Greene, president and chief executive officer of VMware. VMware virtualization addresses this need with solutions that not only consolidate servers, but also jump ahead to the next stages of virtualization: aggregating IT resources in virtualized pools and automating the management of these resources. VMware virtualization combined with Inspurs expertise in local customer requirements offers a way to quickly cut operating and capital costs by as much as half, deliver applications faster and more reliably in virtual machines, improve information security, and run a more flexible and eco-friendly IT environment.

Being environmentally friendly is essential to the sustainable development of an economic society, and Inspur is committed to developing and innovating energy-saving server products, said Sun Pishu, chairman and chief executive officer of Inspur Group. The collaboration between two strong companies uniquely combines Inspurs knowledge of the Chinese market and VMwares virtualization platform, accelerating virtualization adoption in China and demonstrating great significance to green IT.

Virtualization is maturing and will be widely adopted in the future. However, currently most customers in China do not have enough virtualization deployment experience, so it is critical to make virtualization more broadly available to help customers bridge the gap from technology to adoption, said Cheng Chuanlong, vice president of Inspur Group. Inspur bridges this gap, and the collaboration between VMware and Inspur will help customers cross the threshold to realizing the benefits of virtualization.

Customers can now purchase Inspur servers bundled with VMware Infrastructure 3, provided with full support from Inspur. The Inspur solutions based on VMware virtualization provide the capabilities for server consolidation, automatic load balancing, business continuity, power management and the ability to move live virtual machines across physical machines to minimize service interruption. VMware Infrastructure 3 is also compatible with VMwares desktop virtualization and management solutions, as well as VMwares suite of application and infrastructure management solutions for the virtual datacenter.

Availability

VMware Infrastructure 3 is available on Inspur servers immediately, backed by full support from Inspur.

Published Wednesday, June 25, 2008 9:18 AM by David Marshall
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