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VMware Partner Exchange 2010 Kicks Off With Record-Breaking 2,600+ Attendees, 55 Sponsors and 45 Countries Represented

VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtualization solutions from the desktop through the datacenter and to the cloud, today kicked off VMware Partner Exchange 2010, the company's third annual global partner conference. With more than 2,600 attendees from around the world -- more than 60 percent growth compared to 2009 -- as well as 55 sponsors including Arrow ECS, Cisco, EMC, HP, Ingram Micro, Intel, NetApp, Novell, Trend Micro and Wyse, VMware Partner Exchange 2010 broke the event's 2009 attendance and sponsorship records.

This year's event comes on the heels of a successful 2009, during which VMware experienced steady growth in the VMware Partner Network and continued investment in programs such as solution competencies, VMware Partner University, and certification training -- helping partners deliver virtualization solutions to customers on the journey to cloud computing.

"VMware represents the next generation of IT, with our technology as the key enabler for the private cloud," said Carl Eschenbach, executive vice president of worldwide field operations, VMware. "But our diverse partner ecosystem and its broad footprint in the marketplace are paramount to helping customers transition to the private cloud. VMware Partner Exchange helps connect the dots by bringing partners together to hear the latest on enhancements to our award-winning VMware Partner Network, get previews on VMware technology, and share ideas with their peers."

In 2009, VMware experienced steady partner program growth:

--  The VMware Partner Network grew to 25,000 partners worldwide
--  As part of the VMware Partner Network, the VMware Service Provider Program (VSPP) grew to more than 1,700 service provider partners from around the world, signaling increased interest in virtualization and cloud computing from customers

VMware also experienced momentum in its solution competency program. Through VMware Partner University, VMware partners can earn solution competencies in infrastructure virtualization, business continuity and desktop virtualization to demonstrate and differentiate their expertise to customers. Since solution competencies were introduced in 2009, more than 50 percent of Premier- and Enterprise-level partners have achieved their first competency in infrastructure virtualization or are well on their way to achieving it. Moreover, the desktop virtualization solution competency has gained popularity as a strategic asset among VMware partners:

"Achieving the desktop virtualization competency shows customers that we are experts in helping them virtualize their desktop and application environments, enabling them to confidently select Data Strategy for their desktop solution needs," said Gregg DeWitt, president of Data Strategy. "We believe the designation of this competency and VMware desktop products are key accelerators for our growth in the desktop virtualization market."

Other certifications offered through VMware Partner University also gained momentum in 2009, further demonstrating the value of VMware training:

--  Introduced in 2008, the VMware Technical Sales Professional (VTSP) certification grew 427 percent year over year, with more than 19,000 individuals earning this certification in 2009
--  The popular VMware Certified Professional (VCP) certification grew 85 percent year over year, with nearly 12,000 individuals earning this certification in 2009

Eschenbach continued: "We made significant investments in 2009 that have benefitted our partners: We launched breakthrough new products such as VMware vSphere(TM) 4 and VMware View(TM) 4, we introduced the VMware Partner Network, and we upgraded our partner portal infrastructure to provide the tools and resources partners need to build successful virtualization practices. These investments were designed to simplify the way partners do business with us so they can derive more revenue from VMware solutions. We're excited about the momentum carrying forward with our partners from 2009, and we look forward to continued success with them in 2010."

Published Monday, February 08, 2010 6:32 AM by David Marshall
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