Quoting from the VMware official announcement:
VMware, Inc., the global leader in virtual infrastructure software for industry-standard systems, today announced that more than 60 leading operating system, database, application server, enterprise application, management and infrastructure software vendors now support their software applications in VMware virtual infrastructure environments. In addition, a wide range of leading software vendors have commercially available integrations with VMware virtual infrastructure.
“The industry continues to rally behind customers’ desires to standardize on VMware virtual infrastructure in their data centers for more flexible and cost-effective deployment and management of their application environments,” said Diane Greene, president of VMware. “We are proud of our broad and growing ecosystem of leading industry partners that support and integrate to VMware virtual infrastructure.”
Among the major software vendors and product groups that have support policies for their customers who run their software applications in and with VMware virtual infrastructure environments are Altiris, BEA Systems, BMC Software, Business Objects, Cerner Corporation, Check Point, Citrix Systems, Commvault, Computer Associates, EMC/Documentum/Legato, HP, Hyperion Solutions, IBM DB2/Domino/Lotus Notes/Tivoli/WebSphere, i2, Internet Security Systems, LANDesk, McAfee, McKesson, Mercury, Microsoft, MySQL AB, NetIQ, Novell/SuSE, Opsware, Oracle/JD Edwards/PeopleSoft, Peregrine Systems, Plumtree Software, Quest Software, Red Hat, SpikeSource, Sybase, Symantec and Teamquest.
“Thanks to the tremendous cost savings and efficiencies of virtualization, our goal is to virtualize as many of our servers as we can using VMware virtual infrastructure,” said Barry Naber, assistant director of IT operations at International Truck and Engine. “We are pleased to see so many major ISVs supporting VMware virtualization technology so we can continue adding to our virtual infrastructure.”
The leading applications, frameworks and software vendors that have integrations with VMware virtual infrastructure include AK Computer Services, Akimbi, Altiris, Aurema, Avaya, BMC Software, Cassatt, Centrify, ClearCentral, Computer Associates, Compuware, Dell OpenManage, Dunes, Enigmatec, Evident Software, Fox Technologies, HP OpenView/ProLiant Essentials, IBM Director/Rational/Tivoli, LANDesk, Leostream, Macrovision, Mercury, Metilinx, Microsoft Operations Manager, NetIQ, nworks, Opalis, Opsware, PerfMan, Platform Computing, PlateSpin, Quest Software/Vintela, Real Enterprise Systems, Segue, Softricity, Surgient, Symantec, Teamquest, Toolwire and Vizioncore. VMware continues to work with these and other partners on integrations with upcoming releases, including the next generation releases of its industry-leading data center products VMware ESX Server 3 and VMware VirtualCenter 2.
VMware, with its strong ecosystem of partners, continues to lead the market in providing innovative virtualization products:
“BMC Software is broadly committed to delivering solutions that leverage and optimize VMware virtual infrastructure environments as witnessed by our announcement this week regarding our Service Oriented Resource Management Strategy,” said Fred Johannessen, vice president and program executive of capacity management and provisioning at BMC Software. “Our customers are aggressively deploying VMware environments and with our new strategy and virtualization solutions, customers now have the ability to automatically provision new server and software resources, based on real-time business requirements.”
“Customers are embracing VMware virtual infrastructure to help them derive maximum business value from their investments in data center infrastructure,” said John Pincomb, vice president of product management at Computer Associates. “By building VMware support into our industry-leading management solutions, CA is uniquely enabling these customers to optimize their virtualized IT environments.”
“In response to increasing customer adoption of VMware virtual infrastructure environments, Hyperion has worked with VMware to qualify Hyperion configurations for VMware environments,” said John L. Kopcke, chief technology officer at Hyperion Solutions. “The combination of industry-leading Hyperion Business Performance Management software and the flexibility, efficiency and availability from VMware virtual infrastructure is a significant value for our joint customers.”
“We’ve had a positive response from customers running IBM Workplace, WebSphere Portal and Collaboration solutions in VMware virtual infrastructure environments, to deploy and manage their applications with increased flexibility,” said Ken Bisconti, vice president of workplace, portal and collaboration software at IBM. “We’re committed to supporting our customers who run IBM Software applications in VMware environments, and we look forward to exploring more ways to work closely with VMware to bring value to customers.”
“Increasingly more and more of our customers have discovered the value of running Internet Security Systems’ host protection solutions in a VMware environment,” said Heath Thompson, vice president of engineering at Internet Security Systems. “We are committed to our partnership with VMware and supporting customers who run our software in VMware environments because of the tremendous value we can offer our joint customers.”
“Novell Open Enterprise Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, Novell eDirectory and other Novell software running on VMware virtual infrastructure offer the flexibility and business value our enterprise customers demand,” said David Patrick, vice president and general manager of Linux, Open Source platforms and services at Novell. “As virtualization becomes a new standard layer in IT infrastructure, Novell is committed to supporting our customers who run Novell software in VMware environments and staying on the forefront of innovation.”
“Virtualization is a game-changing technology for organizations that provides flexibility and cost savings and improves overall productivity,” said Niall Wall, vice president of business development and alliances at Symantec. “Symantec is committed to continue working with VMware to provide customers with best-in-class solutions for high-availability, data protection, system recovery and storage management for their VMware environments.”
In addition, VMware virtual machines are rapidly becoming a preferred distribution vehicle for software vendors. Many software vendors, including BEA Systems, IBM Software, MySQL AB, Novell, Oracle, Red Hat and SpikeSource, distribute their software in downloadable, pre-installed virtual machine environments as part of the VMware Technology Network (VMTN). Software distribution in VMware virtual machines allows these vendors to more easily bring new technology to users for development, evaluation, testing and validation. Instead of spending time installing and configuring applications, developers, QA teams and IT organizations are able to focus their efforts on development and testing.