From virtualization to cloud computing, with a commitment to be a force for good… scroll down to find out how VMware’s 20 years of innovation have given rise to a better, more connected world.Explore
The VMware story begins on February 10, 1998, in sunny Palo Alto, California. It is here that five forward-thinking technologists, all passionate about creating a better way to compute, come together to form VMware, Inc. with Diane Greene as CEO. By the end of the year, the company grows to 20 employees.
VMware presents its first product, Workstation 1.0, at DEMO 1999. “VMware Brings Freedom of Choice to Your Desktop,” declares The Wall Street Journal, and programmers around the world delight in the product, which allows a user to run multiple operating systems as virtual machines, all on a single PC.
VMware reaches $1 million in bookings, thanks in part to the 2,260 universities that purchase Workstation 1.0.
On May 28, 2002, VMware is issued its first patent, #6397242: System and Method for Virtualizing Computer Systems. Three founders, Scott Devine, Edouard Bugnion, and Mendel Rosenblum, are credited as inventors. Today, the company holds more than 1,800 U.S. patents and, for the past three years, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has recognized VMware’s canon of innovations as the second most powerful software patent portfolio.
VMware introduces vMotion, which allows users to move a workload from one server to another, all while keeping the application running. Today, the ability to seamlessly migrate virtual machines is an integral part of nearly every virtualization deployment.
The vCenter server provides a centralized management platform that allows for simple deployment and automation of virtual infrastructures, along with greater visibility and control for IT.
ESX 2.0, a new edition of VMware’s famed hypervisor, allows users to make their existing servers even more efficient.
VMware expands abroad, opening its first European office in Frimley, UK. Since then VMware has opened offices all around the world, from Asia Pacific to the Middle East to Latin America.
The EMC Corporation acquires VMware on January 9, 2004, for $635 million.
In 2005, VMware establishes its first offices in Bangalore, India, and Beijing, China. The company cultivates a strong culture of diversity, even as it grows rapidly. That same year, VMware reaches 1,000 employees globally.
VMware opens an office in Cork, Ireland, with five people. Today, the business in Ireland has grown to more than 1,000 talented people representing over 53 nationalities.
VMware moves into the Palo Alto campus in Stanford Research Park. Exactly seven years later, VMware completed its expansion of this campus and dubbed it the “campus in the forest.” The Palo Alto campus remains VMware's headquarters to this day, boasting 105 acres, 1,500 trees, a pond, and 13 beloved turtles.
On August 14, 2007, VMware becomes publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock debuts at $29 per share and closes the day at $51.
VMware launches its Distributed Resource Scheduler, or DRS, which allows users to define the rules for allocation of physical resources among virtual machines.
Having passed the $1 billion mark in 2007, VMware has a banner year, closing 2008 at $1.9 billion of revenue. The year also brings a new CEO, Paul Maritz.
The VMware Foundation launches as a platform for VMware people to get engaged in their communities, contributing where and how they choose. Citizen Philanthropy, VMware’s unique approach to giving, allows the company to amplify individuals’ contributions of time, talent, and financial resources, to the causes that matter most to them.
VMware launches vCenter Operations—now vRealize Operations—which lets users manage everything from applications to infrastructure. This kind of control enables customers to streamline and automate IT operations, changing how they manage their virtual and cloud environments.
With R&D centers in Bulgaria, China, India, Israel, and the United States, VMware opens a large new R&D center in Pune, India. This contributes significantly to the development of VMware’s Cloud portfolio and brings the VMware workforce to nearly 11,000 employees around the world.
VMware acquires network virtualization company Nicira for $1.26 billion. A key addition to VMware’s Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) strategy, Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) enables the dynamic creation of virtual networks that are independent from physical network hardware. This same year, Pat Gelsinger becomes CEO, and remains in the position to this day.
“VMware NSX is the most revolutionary development in our data center security in more than a decade.”- TERRY MCDONOUGH
The launch of NSX brings about a completely new operational model for networking. By moving entire networks into software, NSX allows for a key security component, micro-segmentation, and empowers IT to help organizations become more agile and profitable. vSAN, a core building block of the SDDC, is introduced in the same year.
Just 18 months after Nicira, VMware buys AirWatch for $1.54 billion—the largest acquisition in its history. With AirWatch, VMware soon becomes a major player in the Mobile Device Management space, which allows companies to meet the increasing demand for BYOD (“bring your own device”) in the workplace.
VMware is featured on Fortune’s Best Companies to Work For list… and it has remained there ever since! This is thanks, in large part, to VMware’s EPIC₂ values—Execution, Passion, Integrity, Customers, and Community—which are at the core of everything the company does.
“It’s all about the collective impact that people can have when they’re focused, have purpose, and just want to change the world.”- BETSY SUTTER
In the largest deal in tech history, Dell Inc. announces the intent to acquire EMC Corporation, including its stake in VMware, for $67 billion. This acquisition creates a unique family of businesses, under the name of Dell Technologies, that provides the essential infrastructure for organizations to build their digital future, transform IT, and protect their most important asset: information.
VMware and Amazon Web Services (AWS) announce the launch of the VMware Cloud on AWS, enabling IT teams to manage their cloud-based resources with familiar VMware tools. This partnership signals the dawn of a new era in cloud computing, where customers can operate across multiple clouds without restriction.
VMware introduces its Pivotal Container Service (PKS) in August of 2017. PKS allows enterprises to deploy and operate production-grade container services, including Kubernetes (the “K” in “PKS”), on VMware vSphere.
VMware reaches 20,000 employees spanning across the globe.
“Software has the power to transform not just business, but humanity. As the tech community comes of age, VMware will participate in a thoughtful way that acknowledges our individual and collective responsibility. The future is bright with so much to be achieved as we build the world’s digital foundation for tomorrow’s technology.”- PAT GELSINGER
Over the past 20 years, VMware has grown from five technologists working in a small apartment, to a leading innovator in enterprise software. Today the company’s compute, cloud, mobility, networking, and security offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally. VMware technologies have fundamentally changed IT, and with it, the nature of work. Now VMware and its customers are ready for the next 20 years—and beyond.