Updated: 10/18/2022 by Computer Hope
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VMware, Inc. is a software company well-known in system virtualization and cloud computing. VMware's software allows users to create multiple virtual environments, or virtual computer systems, on a single computer or server. Essentially, one computer or server could host or manage many virtual computer systems, sometimes as many as one hundred or more. The software virtualizes hardware components such as the video card, network adapters, and hard drive. For businesses, this is especially useful for setting up multiple server systems without purchasing separate hardware. They can create virtual servers using VMware's software to save time and money.

VMware released its first software product, VMware Workstation, in May 1999. In 2001, they entered the server market by releasing VMware GSX (Ground Storm X) Server and VMware ESX (Elastic Sky X) Server. In April 2011, VMware entered the cloud computing market by releasing Cloud Foundry, an open source platform-as-a-service software system. This cloud computing system was designed to support applications built on Java, Ruby on Rails, Sinatra, and others, with support for MySQL, MongoDB, and other database platforms. Today, VMware develops and markets many virtualization programs, mostly aimed towards business use, but home users can use some of their software as well. Notable software titles include VMware ESX and VMware ESXi (Elastic Sky X integrated), VMware vCloud, VMware ACE (assured computing environment), and VMware ThinApp.

On May 26, 2022, Broadcom announced its $61 billion deal to acquire VMware.

Software terms, Virtual box, Virtual desktop, Virtual machine, Ware