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VMware celebrates 15 years of success

VMware, the global leader in virtualisation and cloud infrastructure, is celebrating its 15th anniversary and, driven by the needs of its customers, still continues to be at the centre of a shift in the way IT delivers business value.

VMware has always prided itself on operating with the ambition to disrupt the status quo with a completeness of vision and product portfolio to support it. Through its continued ability to deliver technologies that transform the way businesses are run, VMware has rapidly grown to (2012) revenues of $4.61 billion.

VMware has achieved 15 key milestones that have shaped the company over its 15 years of business and the figures below affirm VMware’s leading position in the market today.

1.     1998 saw the creation of VMware with five individuals, each sharing a vision to facilitate a leap forward in computing environments, coming together.

2.     Six weeks later, the VMware team outgrows its first office and moves to a 500 sq foot office above the Cheese House Deli in Palo Alto, California.

3.     By its second year of business, over $1m in online bookings is generated. The first VMware sales employee is hired in 1999.

4.     In 2002, VMware enters space as Lockheed Martin Space Operations provides support for NASA missions using VMware virtualisation software.

5.     EMC acquires VMware in January 2004 in a cash transaction of approximately $625 million.

6.     The first ever VMworld conference is held in 2004 in San Diego, boasting 1,400 attendees. The first VMworld Europe, held in 2008 in Cannes, becomes the largest virtualisation event in Europe, with 4,500 guests attending.

7.     1,000 engineers, 3,000,000 engineering hours and more than 150 new features are involved in the 2009 launch of VMware vSphere 4. It generates more than 500,000 customer downloads in five months.

8.     99% of the Fortune 100, 99% of the Fortune 500 and 99% of the Fortune 1000 now rely on VMware technology.

9.     The company is proud to have an ecosystem with more than 55,000 partners to deliver cloud era technologies to customers.

10.  There are over 13,800 VMware employees worldwide and more than 500,000 customers use VMware solutions today.

11.  VMware breaks the $4.5 billion mark in 2012, announcing an annual revenue of $4.61 billion.

12.  At the VMworld 2012, VMware announces its vision for the software-defined data centre, aiming to reshape IT yet again.

13.  VMware is one of 2013’s 50 Disruptive Companies, according to MIT Technology Review’s annual list.

14.  In February 2013, the Virsto announcement marks VMware’s 38th acquisition in 15 years.

15.  August 2013: the 10th annual VMworld conference draws near in San Francisco, as VMware celebrates its 15th anniversary. Expected event attendees have grown to over 21,000 as VMware’s journey continues from desktop virtualisation through to the new reality of the software-defined data centre.

With its software-defined data centre strategy, VMware has significantly expanded its ambitions within the industry and has set its sights on a broader, more aggressive goal. VMware is aiming yet again to reshape IT over the next 15 years, including how key data centre technologies are deployed, integrated and managed long term. This strategy is daunting to achieve technologically, holds significant promise to unlock massive value for customers and will challenge many established norms within the IT industry.

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