Chapter 2. The Evolution of vSphere 5 and Its Architectural Components

Before we delve into the software components and architecture of VMware’s new vSphere 5 offering, let’s take a look at how the company itself, as well as its virtualization portfolio, has evolved since its founding.

VMware Overview

VMware was founded in 1998 by the following people:

Diane Greene, President and General Manager (1998–2008)

Dr. Mendel Rosenblum, Chief Scientist (1998–2008)

Scott Devine, Principal Engineer (since 1998)

Dr. Edward Wang, Principal Engineer (1998–2009)

Edouard Bugnion, Chief Architect (1998–2004)

VMware was acquired by EMC in 2004 for $625 million. At the time of the acquisition, sales figures were about $100 million, and the company had 370 employees. ...

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