19 Facts About VMware


VMware, Inc is an American cloud computing and virtualization technology company with headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

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VMware was the first commercially successful company to virtualize the x86 architecture.

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VMware ESXi, its enterprise software hypervisor, is an operating system that runs on server hardware.

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In 1998, VMware was founded by Diane Greene, Mendel Rosenblum, Scott Devine, Ellen Wang and Edouard Bugnion.

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VMware was launched officially early in the second year, in February 1999, at the DEMO Conference organized by Chris Shipley.

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In 2003, VMware launched VMware Virtual Center, vMotion, and Virtual SMP technology.

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In March 2013, VMware announced the corporate spin-off of Pivotal Software, with General Electric making an investment in the company.

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In May 2013, VMware launched its own IaaS service, vCloud Hybrid Service, at its new Palo Alto headquarters, announcing an early access program in a Las Vegas data center.

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In September 2013, at VMworld San Francisco, VMware announced the general availability of vCloud Hybrid Service and expansion to Sterling, Virginia, Santa Clara, California, Dallas, Texas, and a service beta in the UK.

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In January 2016, in anticipation of Dell's acquisition of EMC, VMware announced a restructuring to reduce about 800 positions, and some executives resigned.

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In Q2 2017, VMware sold vCloud Air to French cloud service provider OVH.

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In May 2022, VMware announced that the company had partnered with Formula One motor racing team, McLaren Racing.

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In March 2015, the Software Freedom Conservancy announced it was funding litigation by Christoph Hellwig in Hamburg, Germany against VMware for alleged violation of his copyrights in its ESXi product.

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VMware publicly stated that ESXi is not a derivative of the Linux kernel, denying Hellwig'score claim.

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VMware said it offered a way to use Linux device drivers with ESXi, and that code does use some Linux GPLv2-licensed code and so it had published the source, meeting GPLv2 requirements.

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VMware became well known for its first type 2 hypervisor known as GSX.

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VMware software provides a completely virtualized set of hardware to the guest operating system.

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VMware's products predate the virtualization extensions to the x86 instruction set, and do not require virtualization-enabled processors.

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VMware Workspace Portal was a self-service app store for workspace management.

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