VMware, Inc. provides virtualization solutions. The company was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.

Its virtualization platform products include _Player_ that enables individuals to run virtual machines on their desktops; _Fusion_, a desktop virtualization product for users of Intel-based Apple Macintosh computers; _Workstation_ for software developers and enterprise IT professionals; _Server_, which enables virtual partitioning of a server; _ESX Server_, an enterprise-class virtualization platform that runs directly on the hardware; _Virtual SMP_ that enables a virtual machine to use four physical processors simultaneously; and _VMFS_, which allows multiple ESX Servers to share block-based storage.

The company also offers _VirtualCenter_ that provides a central point of control to manage a virtualized IT environment; _VMotion_, which allows users to move virtual machines; _DRS_ that creates resource pools from physical servers; _HA_, which provides automated recovery from hardware failure; _Consolidated Backup_ that enables LAN-free automated backup of virtual machines; _Storage VMotion_, which allows live migration of virtual machine disks; _Update Manager_ that automates patch and update management; _Capacity Planner_, which enables VMware service providers to perform capacity assessments onsite; _Converter_ to convert local and remote physical machines into virtual machines; _Lab Manager_ to automate the setup, capture, storage, and sharing of multi-machine software configurations; _ACE_ that allows desktop administrators to protect company resources against the risks presented by unmanaged desktops; _Virtual Desktop Infrastructure_ to host individual desktops inside virtual machines running on centralized servers; _Virtual Desktop Manager_, a desktop management server that connects users to virtual desktops in the data center; and _VMware Lifecycle Manager_ that provides control over the virtual environment.

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URL: http://www.vmware.com
Head Office: Palo Alto, USA
Established: 1998 1
Capital: $368,500,000
Employees: 13500
People: Carl Eschenbach, COO & Co-President
Pat Gelsinger, CEO
Greg Burch, Director, Engineering
Andy Pflaum, Sr. Director, Strategic Alliances & Business Operations
Rob Enns, Vice President, Engineering
Competitors: OpenStack, Amazon Web Services, Citrix Systems, Open Kernel Labs, Red Hat
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