VMware ESX is the Industry’s First Hypervisor to be Validated by Microsoft

Link: VMware ESX is the Industry’s First Hypervisor to be Validated by Microsoft, Offers Customers Expanded Support Options for Microsoft Applications – VMware.

VMware Lays Foundation for Broader Market Penetration by Giving
Customers Access to Support for Software For All Major Microsoft
Applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server, SharePoint
Server and others across Virtualized Environments

PALO ALTO, Calif. – Sept 3, 2008 — VMware,
Inc. (NYSE: VMW), the global leader in virtualization solutions from
the desktop to the datacenter, today announced it has qualified its
industry-leading VMware ESX hypervisor under the Microsoft Server
Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). VMware ESX 3.5 update 2 (ESX
3.5u2) is the first hypervisor to be listed under the program,
providing VMware customers who run Windows Server and Microsoft
applications with access to cooperative support from Microsoft and
VMware. …

Microsoft’s Server Virtualization Validation Program enables VMware
and other software providers to test and validate their virtualization
software to run Windows Server 2008 and previous versions of Windows
Server. Under this program, Microsoft offers cooperative technical
support to customers running Windows Server on validated, non-Microsoft
server virtualization software, such as VMware ESX 3.5 update 2.
Customers with support policies in place, and running Windows
Server-based applications on VMware ESX 3.5u2, can receive cooperative
technical support from Microsoft. VMware also offers an extra layer of
protection for customers, outside of Microsoft’s Server Virtualization
Validation Program, who work directly with VMware for support. The
additional protection is a part of the VMware Premier Support contract
with Microsoft that enables VMware to escalate application issues
rapidly and work directly with Microsoft engineers to expedite


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