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HP and VMware Dramatically Simplify and Accelerate the Delivery of Software-Defined Infrastructure Services With EVO: RAIL

New Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Offering Delivers Turnkey, Flexible Approach for Midmarket and Enterprises to Rapidly Roll Out Software-Defined Infrastructure

BARCELONA, SPAIN -- (Marketwired) -- 10/14/14 -- HP (NYSE: HPQ) and VMware today announced they are expanding their longstanding partnership to deliver HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL™, a hyper-converged infrastructure appliance powered by VMware EVO: RAIL. The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL will provide midmarket and enterprises a radically simplified approach to purchasing, deploying, scaling and securing support for their software-defined IT infrastructure.

As organizations migrate from inefficient legacy systems, the complexities associated with building virtual infrastructure is fueling a 33 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in the integrated systems market, which IDC estimates will grow from $5.4 billion in 2013 to $14.3 billion by 2017.(1) Hyper-converged systems are the next phase of the converged infrastructure evolution, aimed to help midsize businesses that require flexible, open architecture to simplify IT operations and transform the speed and efficiency of application service delivery.

"This collaboration between HP and VMware to deliver EVO: RAIL™ will provide organizations with an innovative approach to driving better business outcomes through a software-defined data center architecture," said Raghu Raghuram, executive vice president, Software-Defined Data Center Division, VMware. "Together, HP and VMware are helping customers dramatically simplify and accelerate the delivery of software-defined infrastructure services while lowering operating expenses."

Hyper-convergence introduces a new IT infrastructure delivery and consumption model with a software-centric architecture that tightly integrates compute, network, storage and management resources seamlessly. HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL promises to provide businesses a cost-effective solution to improve service deployment and new workload efficiencies. Customers will be able to quickly deploy a single appliance, enabling faster response times to business demands, simplified infrastructure administration and reduced operating costs.

"Today businesses are looking for more efficient ways to speed time to application and service delivery that reduce the strain on existing infrastructure, said Nariman Teymourian, senior vice president and general manager, Converged Systems, HP. "Our collaboration with VMware to deliver hyper-converged infrastructure reinforces our commitment to provide customers superior technology choices as they migrate from inefficient legacy systems to modern integrated infrastructure."

The HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL features a pre-integrated, pre-tested 100 percent VMware software stack, to provide high availability at both the compute and storage layers, with VMware vSphere®, VMware Virtual SAN™, VMware vRealize™ Log Insight™ (formerly vCenter™ Log Insight™), and the EVO: RAIL engine. VMware EVO: RAIL integrates these technologies to greatly simplify by consolidating IT resources into a single appliance, eliminating the need for complex integration and enabling new applications to come online quickly.

The EVO: RAIL engine radically simplifies appliance scale-out, management and operations. Customers benefit from time to value to first virtual machine in minutes, as well as non-disruptive patching and upgrades of the appliance. Software-defined infrastructure services can be deployed rapidly and in a repeatable reliable fashion starting with one appliance of four nodes and growing to four appliances of 16 nodes.

In addition, HP and VMware are jointly collaborating to extend HP OneView, an innovative management platform for convergence, to EVO: RAIL to offer customers greater efficiencies and an integrated experience. Architected for simplicity and convergence, in future releases HP OneView will be able to directly manage the EVO: RAIL appliance to help unify the management of the hyper-converged and traditional infrastructure deployments.

HP's new ConvergedSystem 200 line of hyper-converged solutions will feature two new solutions -- an HP EVO: RAIL version and an HP StoreVirtual version, offering customers greater choice and flexibility.

Pricing and Availability
HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL is expected to ship in the first quarter of 2015. Pricing will be announced at general availability. Contact an HP channel partner to learn more about HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL.

Customers can purchase HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL as a single SKU covering hardware, software and support and services costs directly from HP's channel. HP will provide customers with single point-of-contact support for this hyper-converged infrastructure appliance.

VMware at VMworld® 2014 Europe
VMware will feature its products and services in Hall 8.1 at VMworld Europe, held Oct. 14-16 at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona. VMware EVO: RAIL appliances will be featured at VMworld Europe in the EVO: ZONE.

View VMworld 2014 Europe keynotes live (and on-demand) on Oct. 14 and 15 at VMware Now.

About HP
HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers' most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP is available at www.hp.com.

About VMware
VMware (NYSE: VMW) is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2013 revenues of $5.21 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.

VMware, VMware vSphere, vRealize Log Insight, vCloud, VMware EVO: RAIL, VMware Virtual SAN, VMware vCenter Log Insight and VMworldare registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other marks and names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.

(1) IDC's Worldwide Integrated Systems 2014-2017 Forecast, March, 2014 IDC #246938.

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VMware Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements including, among other things, statements regarding the HP ConvergedSystem 200-HC EVO: RAIL, its expected features and benefits to customers and expectations for the CAGR of the integrated systems market through 2017. These forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of certain risk factors, including but not limited to (i) changes to business information technology strategies; (ii) adverse changes in general economic or market conditions; (iii) delays or reductions in information technology spending; (iv) competitive factors, including but not limited to pricing pressures, industry consolidation, entry of new competitors into enterprise, cloud and end user computing markets, and new product and marketing initiatives by our competitors; (v) our customers' ability to develop, and to transition to, new products and computing strategies such as software-defined data centers and hybrid cloud computing; (vi) the uncertainty of customer acceptance of emerging technology; (vii) rapid technological and market changes in virtualization software and platforms for cloud and enterprise computing; (viii) changes to product development timelines; (ix) VMware's ability to protect its proprietary technology; (x) changes and new developments to regulatory requirements; and (xi VMware's ability to attract and retain highly qualified employees. These forward looking statements are based on current expectations and are subject to uncertainties and changes in condition, significance, value and effect as well as other risks detailed in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent reports on Form 10-K and Form 10-Q and current reports on Form 8-K that we may file from time to time, which could cause actual results to vary from expectations. VMware assumes no obligation to, and does not currently intend to, update any such forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

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