Cisco sichert sich VMware-Anteile

München, (PresseBox) - VMware, Inc. today announced that Cisco Systems will acquire an equity stake in the company.

Cisco will purchase $150 million of VMware Class A common shares currently held by EMC Corporation, VMware's parent company, subject to customary regulatory and other closing conditions including Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) review. Upon closing of the investment, Cisco will own approximately 1.6 percent of VMware’s total outstanding common stock (less than one percent of the combined voting power of VMware’s outstanding common stock). VMware has agreed to consider the appointment of a Cisco executive to VMware's board of directors at a future date.

Cisco’s purchase is intended to strengthen inter-company collaboration towards accelerating customer adoption of VMware virtualization products with Cisco networking infrastructure and the development of customer solutions that address the intersection of virtualization and networking technologies.

In addition, VMware and Cisco have entered into a routine and customary collaboration agreement that expresses their intent to expand cooperative efforts around joint development, marketing, customer and industry initiatives. Through improved coordination and integration of networking and virtualized infrastructure, the companies intend to foster solutions for enhanced datacenter optimization and extend the benefits of virtualization beyond the datacenter to remote offices and end-user desktops.

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Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Information about Cisco can be found at http://www.Cisco.com. For ongoing news, please go to http://newsroom.Cisco.com.

VMware Global, Inc

VMware (NYSE: VMW) ist der weltweit führende Anbieter von Virtualisierungslösungen, die eine Spannweite vom Desktop bis zum Rechenzentrum erfassen. Kunden jeden Formats reduzieren ihre Kapital- und Betriebskosten, gewährleisten Business Continuity, stärken die Sicherheit und werden "grün" mittels VMware. Mit einem Umsatz von 1,3 Milliarden US-Dollar für 2007, mehr als 120.000 Kunden und über 18.000 Partnern ist VMware eine der am rasantest wachsenden Softwarefirmen öffentlichen Rechts. VMware hat seinen Sitz in Palo Alto, Kalifornien und gehört mehrheitlich der EMC Corporation (NYSE: EMC). Die deutsche Niederlassung des Unternehmens befindet sich in München. Weitere Informationen finden sich auf www.vmware.de.

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