Type: Hardware+Software (HCI)
Development Start: 2015
First Product Release: feb 2016
VCE was founded late 2009 by VMware, Cisco and EMC. The company is best known for its converged solutions VBlock and VxBlock. VCE started to ship its first hyper-converged solution, VxRack, late 2015, as part of the VMware EVO:RAIL program. In February 2016 VCE launced VxRail on Quanta server hardware. After completion of the Dell/EMC merger however, VxRail became part of the Dell EMC portfolio and the company switched to Dell server hardware.
VMware was founded early 2002 and began to ship its first Software Defined Storage solution, Virtual SAN (vSAN), in 2014. The vSAN solution is fully integrated into the vSphere Hypervisor platform. In 2015 VMware released major updates in the second itiration of the product and continues to improve the software ever since.
In August 2017 VxRail had an install base of approximately 3,000 customers worldwide.
At the end of May 2019 the company had a customer install base of more than 20,000 vSAN customers worldwide. This covers both vSAN and VxRail customers. At the end of May 2019 there were over 30,000 employees working for VMware worldwide.