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VMware Beats, Gives Bullish Guidance

VMware blew past analysts' first-quarter estimates and offered up strong guidance.

PALO ALTO, Calif. (


) -- Virtualization trailblazer


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blew past analysts' estimates in its

first-quarter results

and offered strong guidance for the second quarter.

VMware brought in revenue of $634 million, up from $470.3 million in the prior year's quarter, and well above analysts' estimate of $592.53 million. Excluding items, VMware earned 32 cents a share, up from 25 cents a share in the prior year's quarter and above Wall Street's prediction of 28 cents a share.

The company's license revenues were $312 million, compared to $257 million in the same period last year when VMware was struggling with the recession. VMware's U.S. and international sales grew 30% and 40%, respectively.

"Our strong first-quarter results were driven by pent-up customer demand, carried over from last quarter, as well as strong performance in Europe, China and Japan," said Mark Peek, VMware's CFO, in a statement.

Peek expects VMware's second-quarter license revenue to dip sequentially, but predicts total revenue between $635 million and $665 million, above Wall Street's estimate of $607.65 million. For fiscal 2010, VMware anticipates sales between $2.63 billion and $2.73 billion, compared to analysts' estimate of $2.53 billion.

Despite VMware's impressive numbers, however, at least one analyst has

urged investors to approach the company's stock with caution

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VMware shares slipped 50 cents, or 0.88%, to $56.02 in extended trading on Tuesday.

-- Reported by James Rogers in New York

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