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AMCC Announces 3ware SAS and SATA RAID Controller Drivers are Now VMware Ready Certified for VMware ESX 3.5
Applied Micro Circuits Corporation (NASDAQ:AMCC), provider of serial RAID storage, today announced its family of 3ware 9690SA SAS and 9650SE SATA controller drivers are now VMware Ready Certified. This designation indicates that these PCI-E serial RAID controllers have completed the VMware Hardware Certification Program testing criteria for use with VMware ESX Server 3.5 and are now listed on the VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide. The VMware Hardware Certification Program enables VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program members to provide mutual customers with jointly supported hardware solutions.

Passing the extensive certification testing helps ensure that the drivers for AMCC’s 3ware 9690SA and 9650SE controllers are compatible with VMware technology and ready for deployment in customer environments.

“By combining AMCC’s 3ware controllers with VMware ESX 3.5 enterprises can deliver high SATA and SAS RAID performance to their networks,” said Bernie Mills, senior director, alliance programs, VMware. “AMCC is the first RAID controller company to pass our new, self-certification testing process. We are pleased that the 3ware 9690SA and 9650 SE HBAs qualify for the VMware Ready Certified logo, signifying to our more than 130,000 customers that these serial RAID controllers are ready to run with the VMware platform for their mission critical business applications and operations.”

“Support for the VMware platform means that IT managers, as well as our OEM and channel partners, now have a top-performing, highly reliable RAID controller choice for virtual environments,” said Russ Johnson, senior vice president and general manager of AMCCs Storage Unit. “This certification gives our customers additional assurance when designing virtual storage networks with VMware Infrastructure and 3ware RAID controllers.”

The VMware Ready program is a VMware co-branding program for qualified partner products and is a benefit of the VMware TAP program. With more than 900 members worldwide, the VMware TAP program works with best-of-breed technology partners to provide them a comprehensive set of VMware technical and marketing services, support, tools and expertise to deliver enhanced value to joint customers.

Product Availability
AMCC’s VMware ESX driver for the 3ware 9690SA and 9650SE SAS/SATA serial RAID controller is available immediately via free software download at The 3ware 9690SA and 9650SE can be found within the online VMware Hardware Compatibility Guide at

Published Monday, March 23, 2009 6:51 PM by David Marshall
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