VMware, Inc. is an American software company that provides cloud and virtualization software and services, and was the first to successfully virtualize the x86 architecture. Founded in 1998, VMware is based in Palo Alto, California, USA. In 2004 it was acquired by and became a subsidiary of EMC Corporation, then on August 14, 2007 EMC sold 15% of the company in a New York Stock Exchange IPO and it trades under the symbol VMW.
VMware's desktop software runs on Microsoft Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X, while its enterprise software hypervisors for servers, VMware ESX and VMware ESXi, are bare-metal hypervisors that run directly on server hardware without requiring an additional underlying operating system.
VMware is a virtualization and cloud computing software provider for x86-compatible computers. VMware Inc. is a subsidiary of EMC Corporation and has its headquarters in Palo Alto, California.
VMware virtualization is based on the ESX/ESXi bare metal hypervisor, supporting virtual machines. The term "VMware" is often used in reference to specific VMware Inc. products such as VMware Workstation, VMware View, VMware Horizon Application Manager and VMware vCloud Director.
VM, which stands for "Virtual Machine" (not to be confused with the broader term virtual machine), is a widely-installed operating system for IBM-compatible computers and servers that can host other operating systems in such a way that each operating system behaves as if it were installed on a self-contained computer with its own set of programs and hardware resources.