VMware Milestones

Explore more than 15 years of VMware history, from our founding in 1998 to our most recent product launches, acquisitions and strategic partnerships.

  • March 10: Launch of VMware Horizon Air Desktops to enable simple and flexible delivery of desktops in the cloud
  • February 25: Launch of VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Europe with UK data center
  • February 24: Acquisition of AirWatch, the leading provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions [ more ]
  • February 12: Partnership with Google to provide desktop as a service on Chromebooks [ more ]
  • Acquisition of Desktone, the desktop as a service pioneer
  • VMware ranks No. 3 on Forbes list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies [ more ]
  • Launch of vCloud ® Hybrid Service™ [ more ]
  • VMware divests Zimbra
  • Named to MIT Technology Review's 2013 50 Disruptive Companies List, which recognizes the world's most innovative companies
  • Unveiling of VMware Horizon Suite, the industry's most comprehensive platform for workforce mobility [ more ]
  • Acquisition of Virsto, provider of software that optimizes storage performance and utilization in virtual environments
  • A record 21,000 registered attendees for VMworld ® 2012
  • Pat Gelsinger replaces Paul Maritz as Chief Executive Officer [ more ]
  • VMware positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure
  • First VMware fellows named to recognize exceptional leadership and technology contributions
  • Major 2012 acquisitions include DynamicOps, Inc., Wanova and Nicira, a pioneer in software-defined networking
  • Opening of online virtualization and cloud solutions marketplace
  • Unveiling of management portfolio for the cloud era
  • VMware hosts White House Council on jobs and competitiveness
  • Unveiling of VMware vSphere® 5 and comprehensive cloud infrastructure suite
  • Introduction of vFabric 5, an integrated application platform for virtual and cloud environments
  • Completion of 30th acquisition; major 2011 acquisitions include Digital Fuel, Integrien and SlideRocket
  • Launch of Horizon App Manager
  • Introduction of Cloud Foundry, the industry’s first open PaaS
  • LG and VMware team up to accelerate enterprise adoption of employee-owned smartphones
  • VMware and Google advance cloud computing with general availability of key Java development tools for cloud portability
  • Introduction of cloud application platform to drive IT as a service
  • VMware positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure
  • Salesforce.com and VMware form strategic alliance to launch VMforce™, the world’s first enterprise Java cloud
  • Acquisition of Zimbra
  • Revenue hits $2.9 billion
  • Customers exceed 150,000
  • Second VMworld Europe Conference (4,700 attendees)
  • Release of VMware vSphere 4, the successor to VMware Infrastructure 3
  • VMware and Cisco announce an OEM Agreement for the Unified Computing System
  • DMTF announces the “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” to develop standards for managing a cloud computing environment
  • Calendar year revenues are $1.3 billion, surpassing the $1 billion mark in 10 years since its founding
  • First VMworld Europe Conference in Cannes, France (4,500 attendees)
  • Fifth VMworld Conference, the second in Las Vegas, Nevada (13,800 attendees)
  • R&D centers open in Israel and France
  • Wins its 200th award
  • VMware ESXi Hypervisor is available for free
  • Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP and IBM announce plans to embed VMware ESX 3i Hypervisor
  • Introduction of VMware vCloud initiative
  • Acquisition of B-hive (application performance monitoring), Blue Lane (security), Foedus (services assets), Kapsean (technology for cloud OS), Thinstall (application virtualization), Trango Virtual Processors (mobile virtualization) and Tungsten Graphics (3D graphics)
  • With a market value of $30 billion, more than 120,000 customers and more than 20,000 partners, VMware is the fourth-largest software company in the world
  • IPO on the New York Stock Exchange
  • Cisco and Intel invest in VMware
  • Fourth VMworld Conference in San Francisco, California (10,800 attendees)
  • Wins its 100th award
  • Release of VMware Fusion 1.0 for Mac users
  • Five hundredth virtual appliance is available on VMware Solution Exchange
  • National Security Agency selects VMware as its virtualization partner for its Secure Workstation Solution
  • Introduction of cross-platform paravirtualization support
  • Introduction of VMware ESXi Hypervisor
  • Acquisition of Determina (security), Dunes (virtual machine lifecycle), Propero (connection broker) and Sciant (development)
  • Third VMworld conference held in Los Angeles, California (6,700 attendees)
  • Release of AMD Virtualization Hardware Assist
  • Fujitsu and Hitachi become distribution partners and resellers
  • VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Alliance formed
  • Introduction of first utility financial incentive program to support virtualization projects in data centers
  • Launch of VMware Solution Exchange and Certification Program
  • Release of VMware Infrastructure 3
  • Release of free VMware Server, the successor to VMware GSX Server
  • Launch of VMware Academic Program
  • Acquisition of Akimbi (test/dev automation)
  • Ninety-nine of the Fortune 100 are VMware customers
  • One thousand employees, with offices opening in Bangalore, India
  • Second VMworld conference held in Las Vegas, Nevada (3,500 attendees)
  • Release of Intel Virtualization Hardware Assist
  • DMTF Virtualization Standards Group established
  • Sun Microsystems becomes a reseller partner
  • Launch of Community Source Program
  • Release of free VMware Player 1.0
  • Release of VMware ACE 1.0
  • Release of first product to support multi-core
  • Acquisition of AOG Software (capacity planning)
  • R&D center established in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • First VMworld conference held in San Diego, California (1,400 attendees)
  • Dell becomes a distribution partner and reseller
  • Open interface to virtual infrastructure available
  • Introduction of 64-bit computing support
  • Launch of VMware Technology Network (VMTN)
  • EMC acquires VMware for $625 million, becomes an EMC subsidiary with separate R&D, sales and marketing
  • Sales offices open in Singapore, Japan and Germany
  • Eighty percent of the Fortune 100 companies work with VMware
  • HP, NEC and Unisys become distribution partners and resellers
  • Release of VMware VirtualCenter 1.0 with VMotion
  • Release of first product to support Virtual SMP
  • Release of VMware Converter 1.0
  • Board of directors decide not to sell VMware to Microsoft, leading Microsoft to purchase Connectix Virtual Machine Technology
  • Cumulative bookings reach $100 million
  • Lockheed Martin Space Operations provides support for NASA missions using VMware virtualization software
  • IBM and Fujitsu Siemens become distribution partners and resellers
  • Surpasses 1 million registered user mark with more than $40 million in bookings
  • IBM, Dell, Compaq and HP join VMware Partner Program
  • Release of VMware ESX Server 1.0 and VMware GSX Server 1.0
  • VMware and the National Security Agency team up to build advanced secure computer systems
  • Sales offices open in Dallas, Texas and Washington, D.C.
  • First international office opens in Frimley, United Kingdom
  • Company launch at DEMO 1999
  • Release of VMware Workstation 1.0 for Linux and Windows
  • Wins first product award
  • Hiring of first sales employee
  • Bookings reach $1 million
  • Twenty employees by year’s end
  • After a six-week stint in Bugnion’s apartment in Menlo Park, California, the team rents a 500-square-foot office space in neighboring Palo Alto
  • VMware is founded by five like-minded technologists: Edouard Bugnion, Scott Devine, Diane Greene, Mendel Rosenblum and Edward Wang