VMware Milestones

1998
  • VMware Founded
1999
  • Company Launch at DEMO 1999
  • VMware Workstation 1.0 for Linux and Windows Released
  • First Product Award Won [ more]
2000
  • First International Office Opened
2001
  • IBM, Dell, Compaq and HP Joined VMware Partner Program
  • VMware ESX Server 1.0 and VMware GSX Server 1.0 Released
  • VMware and the National Security Agency Teamed to Build Advanced Secure Computer Systems [ more]
2002
  • IBM and Fujitsu Siemens Became Distribution Partners and Resellers
  • 1 Million Registered User Mark Surpassed [ more]
2003
  • HP, NEC and Unisys Became Distribution Partners and Resellers
  • VMware VirtualCenter 1.0 with VMotion Released [ more]
  • First Product to Support Virtual SMP Released [ more]
  • VMware Converter 1.0 Released [ more]
2004
  • First VMworld Conference Held (1,400 Attendees)
  • Dell Became a Distribution Partner and Reseller
  • Open Interface to Virtual Infrastructure Available [ more]
  • 64-bit Computing Support Introduced [ more]
  • VMware Technology Network (VMTN) Launched [ more]
  • VMware Acquired for $625 Million, Became an EMC Subsidiary with Separate R&D, Sales and Marketing; Rules of Engagement Established [ more]
2005
  • Second VMworld Conference Held (3,500 Attendees) [ more ]
  • Intel Virtualization Hardware Assist Released
  • DMTF Virtualization Standards Group Established
  • Sun Microsystems Became a Reseller Partner
  • Community Source Program Launched [ more]
  • Free VMware Player 1.0 Released [ more]
  • VMware ACE 1.0 Released [ more]
  • First Product to Support Multi-Core Released [ more]
  • VMware Acquired AOG Software (capacity planning)
2006
  • Third VMworld Conference Held (6,700 Attendees)
  • AMD Virtualization Hardware Assist Released
  • Fujitsu and Hitachi Became Distribution Partners and Resellers
  • VMware Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Alliance Formed [ more]
  • First Utility Financial Incentive Program to Support Virtualization Projects in Data Centers Introduced [ more]
  • VMware Solution Exchange and Certification Program Launched [ more]
  • VMware Infrastructure 3 Released [ more]
  • Free VMware Server, the Successor to VMware GSX Server, Released [ more]
  • VMware Academic Program Launched [ more]
  • VMware Acquired Akimbi (test/dev automation) [ more]
2007
  • IPO
  • Cisco and Intel Invested in VMware
  • Fourth VMworld Conference Held (10,800 Attendees) [ more]
  • 100th Award Won [ more]
  • VMware Fusion 1.0 for Mac Users Released [ more]
  • 500th Virtual Appliance Available on VMware Solution Exchange [ more ]
  • VMware Selected as Virtualization Partner for the National Security Agency's Secure Workstation Solution [ more]
  • Cross-Platform Paravirtualization Support Introduced [ more]
  • VMware ESXi Hypervisor Introduced [ more]
  • VMware Acquires Determina (security), Dunes (virtual machine lifecycle), Propero (connection broker) and Sciant (development)
2008
  • Calendar Year Revenues $1.3 Billion, Surpassed the $1 Billion Mark in 10 years Since Founding
  • First VMworld Europe Conference Held (4,500 Attendees) [ more]
  • Fifth VMworld Conference Held (13,800 Attendees) [ more]
  • 200th Award Won [ more]
  • VMware ESXi Hypervisor Available for Free [ more]
  • Dell, Fujitsu-Siemens, HP and IBM Announced Plans to Embed VMware ESX 3i Hypervisor [ more]
  • VMware vCloud Initiative Introduced [ more]
  • VMware Acquired 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)
2009
  • Second VMworld Europe Conference Held (4,700 Attendees) [ more]
  • VMware vSphere 4, the Successor to VMware Infrastructure 3, Released [ more]
  • VMware and Cisco Announced an OEM Agreement for the Unified Computing System [ more]
  • DMTF Announced the “Open Cloud Standards Incubator” to Develop Standards for Managing a Cloud Computing Environment [ more]
2010
  • January 12: VMware acquired Zimbra [ more]
  • April 27: Salesforce.com and VMware formed strategic alliance to launch VMforce™, the world’s first enterprise Java cloud [ more]
  • June 10: VMware positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure [ more]
  • August 31: VMware introduced cloud application platform to drive IT as a service [ more]
  • October 21: VMware and Google advanced cloud computing with general availability of key Java development tools for cloud portability [ more]
  • December 7: LG and VMware joined forces to accelerate enterprise adoption of employee-owned smartphones [ more]
2011
  • January 31: VMware vCloud® consulting services delivered private cloud in less than 30 days
    [ more]
  • April 12: VMware introduced Cloud Foundry, the industry’s first open PaaS [ more]
  • April 26: VMware acquired SlideRocket, a collaborative presentation provider [ more]
  • May 16: VMware acquired Shavlik Technologies [ more]
  • May 17: VMware launched Horizon App Manager [ more]
  • June 13: VMware acquired Digital Fuel [ more]
  • June 14: VMware introduced vFabric 5, an integrated application platform for virtual and cloud environments [ more]
  • July 12: VMware unveiled VMware vSphere® 5 and comprehensive cloud infrastructure suite
    [ more]
  • August 2: VMware hosted White House Council on Jobs and Competitiveness [ more]
  • October 18: VMware unveiled management portfolio for the cloud era [ more]
2012
  • January 25: VMware opened online virtualization and cloud solutions marketplace [ more]
  • May 22: VMware acquired Wanova, intelligent desktop solutions provider [ more]
  • June 7: VMware named first VMware fellows to recognize exceptional leadership and technology contributions [ more]
  • June 29: VMware named a leader in Magic Quadrant for x86 server virtualization infrastructure
    [ more]
  • July 2: VMware acquired DynamicOps, Inc., a provider of cloud automation solutions [ more]
  • July 17: Pat Gelsinger replaced Paul Maritz as Chief Executive Officer [ more]
  • July 23: VMware acquired Nicira, a pioneer in software-defined networking [ more]
  • August 30: VMware attracted a record 21,000 registered attendees to VMworld ® 2012 [ more]
2013
  • February 11: VMware acquired Virsto, provider of software that optimizes storage performance and utilization in virtual environments [ more]
  • February 20: VMware unveiled VMware Horizon Suite, the industry's most comprehensive platform for workforce mobility [ more]
  • February 25: VMware named to MIT Technology Review's 2013 50 Disruptive Companies List, recognizing the world's most innovative companies [ more]
  • May 21: VMware Announces vCloud ® Hybrid Service ™: [ more]
  • July 15: VMware divested Zimbra [ more]
  • August 15: VMware ranked #3 on Forbes list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies [ more]
  • August 26: VMware launched vCloud ® Hybrid Service ™ [ more]
  • October 15: VMware acquired Desktone, Desktop-as-a-Service pioneer [ more]
  • August 15: VMware ranked #3 on Forbes list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies [ more]
2014
  • February 12: VMware partnered with Google to provide Desktop-as-a-Service on Chromebooks
    [ more]
  • February 24: VMware acquired AirWatch, the leading provider of enterprise mobile management and security solutions. [ more]
  • February 25: VMware launched VMware vCloud Hybrid Service in Europe with UK data center
    [ more]
  • March 10: VMware launched VMware Horizon DaaS to enable simple and flexible delivery of desktops in the cloud [ more]