VMware, an acclaimed player in the virtualization industry was founded in 1998; having worked under the radar, with a mere 25 employees. VMware launched its first virtualization platform, WorkStation 1.0 in 1999.
VMware has recently partnered with SAP to further integrate the cloud with the Internet of Things (IoT), working on a pre-integrated solution for quick deployments
Since then, the company has gone through a lot of restructuring and iterations, until it fell to Pat Gelsinger, the current CEO. Having been under his care since 2012, the company has nearly doubled in size and has ramped up its solution portfolio like nothing seen before. The company first received recognition for its type 2 hypervisor known as GSX Server, in 2006, that later evolved into two hypervisor products lines—the type 1 hypervisors (running directly on hardware) and their hosted type 2 hypervisors. The software provides a completely virtualized set of hardware to guest operating systems. When running, it virtualizes the hardware for a video adapter, network adapter, and hard disk, while the host device provides pass-through drivers. This enables the portability that makes these machines world-renowned.
Now, VMware’s big push is with the network virtualization and security platform, NSX that emerged after it acquired software-defined networking company—Nicira in 2012. NSX enables users to create complete networks in software and embeds them in hypervisor layers, which, in return, allows components to be allocated in minutes, without the need for any form of modification. VMware took the capabilities of NSX a step further, by extending it into the cloud in 2016. NSX Cloud is a SaaS, which works with private and public cloud services to create networks across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google, and Microsoft Azure.
VMware has recently partnered with SAP to further integrate the cloud with the Internet of Things (IoT), working on a pre-integrated solution for quick deployments while providing the necessary security and management capabilities for the IoT architecture across portals. Virtualization has the ability to give these IoT platforms a flexible network framework, which will aid the evolution of the IoT. “Cloud and mobility continue to be the trends that will drive VMware for years to come. Our continued innovations in SDDC will help position enterprises to securely leverage this hybrid-cloud world and navigate the mobile-cloud era,” says Gelsinger. The future of VMware seems very exciting and if its success continues to be on the rise, there is no saying where VMware will end up in a couple of years. With industry-leading technology and a hands-on CEO like Gelsinger, it can only mean good things for the future of the virtualization industry.