VMware, a company that provides cloud and virtualization software and services, was founded in 1998 by Diane Green, Mendel Rosenblum, Scott Divine, Edward Wang and Edouard Bugnion. VMware developed a wide range of products including desktop software, server software, cloud management software, virtual desktop infrastructure, backup software and networking and security products. They were the first to successfully virtualize the x86 architecture and became well known for their hypervisors. Their first type 2 hypervisor, known as GSX, has since evolved into two product lines: the type one hypervisors which run directly on hardware and the type 2 which are hosted.

Today IT is moving toward a software defined approach and VMware strives to develop strategies to help IT be more efficient, responsive, and agile. VMware virtualization has created a bridge between the virtual Cloud and the IT demands in the industry. Virtualization allows enterprises to build the architecture for tomorrow while reducing the costs of infastructure that companies have today. VMware delivers the foundation for IT-As-A-Service, saving customers thousands of dollars while enabling businesses to keep their customers happy. With VMware, businesses have the ability to move toward a completely virtualized infrastruture, with the ability to deliver their workflows in an automated fashion on hybrid, private or public clouds. VMware software leverages the software defined data center to address mobile workforce demands while maintaning IT control.

In 2004 VMware became a subsidiary of EMC corporation which subsequently sold 15% of the company in a New York stock exchange IPO. The company is currently located in Palo Alto, California.

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