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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.

A COMPANY IS BORN

A COMPANY IS BORN

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.

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    President, CEO & Co-Founder

    Diane Greene

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    CTO & Co-Founder

    Edouard Bugnion

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    Principal Engineer & Co-Founder

    Scott Devine

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    Chief Scientist & Co-founder

    Mendel Rosenblum

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    Principal Engineer & Co-Founder

    Edward Wang

  • First product brings freedom

    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.

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    Word spreads about Workstation

    VMware reaches $1 million in bookings, thanks in part to the 2,260 universities that purchase Workstation 1.0.

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    ESX SERVER INTERFACE
  • Hypervisor forever changes virtualization

    VMware releases the ESX Server 1.5, its first hypervisor. By consolidating multiple servers onto fewer physical devices, this groundbreaking product boosts performance, streamlines IT administration, and even helps organizations cut costs.

  • Patent #6397242: the first of thousands

    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.

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  • vMotion powers first live migration

    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.

  • vCenter 1.0 simplifies IT management

    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.

    A new and improved ESX

    ESX 2.0, a new edition of VMware’s famed hypervisor, allows users to make their existing servers even more efficient.

  • VMware goes global

    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.

  • A big deal

    The EMC Corporation acquires VMware on January 9, 2004, for $635 million.

  • Inaugural VMworld conference

    2004 marks the first year of VMworld, which will come to be the world's largest cloud computing and virtualization conference. The first conference attracts 1,400 attendees—three times the expected attendance, but still a modest number compared to the more than 20,000 business people, entrepreneurs, and technologists who attended VMworld in 2017.


  • Growth in people and possibility

    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.

  • An office in Ireland

    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.

  • A new campus among the trees

    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.

  • VMWARE HEADQUARTERS IN PALO ALTO, CA
    VMWARE HEADQUARTERS IN PALO ALTO, CA
  • VMware goes public

    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.

  • Distributed Resource Scheduler provides balance

    VMware launches its Distributed Resource Scheduler, or DRS, which allows users to define the rules for allocation of physical resources among virtual machines.

  • To $1B—and beyond

    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 dawn of the virtual desktop

    In 2009, VMware ushers virtualization into a new era: the age of desktop virtualization. VMware’s Virtual Desktop delivers desktops and applications not only to laptops and PCs, but to smartphones and other mobile devices. Deploying from the cloud straight to devices simplifies IT, decreases company costs, improves security, and allows users impressive flexibility and mobility.

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  • VMware vSphere earns accolades

    On May 21, 2009, VMware launches VMware vSphere, a virtualization platform for cloud computing that quickly becomes a mainstay in the industry. It receives the prestigious Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award in the software category.

  • VMware Foundation democratizes philanthropy

    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 GOOD GIGS TREKKERS IN HARDOL, INDIA
    VMWARE GOOD GIGS TREKKERS IN HARDOL, INDIA
  • vCenter Operations increases customer control

    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.

  • A new R&D center, a greater cloud presence

    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.

  • PAT GELSINGER, CEO OF VMWARE
    PAT GELSINGER, CEO OF VMWARE
  • Nicira acquisition brings growth

    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
    PRESIDENT & CEO, AERODATA
  • NSX and vSAN support the Software-Defined Data Center

    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.

  • Acquiring AirWatch

    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.

  • AIRWATCH CEO JOHN MARSHALL CELEBRATING WITH SANJAY POONEN, VMWARE COO, CUSTOMER OPERATIONS
    AIRWATCH CEO JOHN MARSHALL CELEBRATING WITH SANJAY POONEN, VMWARE COO, CUSTOMER OPERATIONS
  • VMWARE EMPLOYEES SMILE TO CELEBRATE THE “I WISH” INITIATIVE
    VMWARE EMPLOYEES SMILE TO CELEBRATE THE “I WISH” INITIATIVE
  • VMware: a great place to work

    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.

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  • “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
    CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER, VMWARE
    VMWARE CEO PAT GELSINGER AND DELL CEO MICHAEL DELL
    VMWARE CEO PAT GELSINGER AND DELL CEO MICHAEL DELL
  • Largest deal in tech history

    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.

  • A commitment to sustainability

    VMware makes a commitment to achieve carbon neutrality and 100 percent renewable energy use for global operations by 2020. The VMware 2020 goals serve the company’s mission to be a force for good in the world, contributing more to society, the environment, and the global economy than it takes.

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    VMWARE CEO PAT GELSINGER AND AWS CEO
    ANDY JASSY
  • VMware and Amazon join clouds

    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 turns to IoT

    As the Internet of Things becomes more pervasive, VMware applies its expertise to the field. The company launches Pulse IoT Center, an infrastructure management solution, and the first in a new family of VMware IoT offerings.

  • A pivotal product

    VMware introduces its VMware 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.

  • Stronger each year

    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
    CEO, VMWARE

HAPPY 20TH ANNIVERSARY!

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.