Type: Software-only (SDS)
Development Start: Unknown
First Product Release: 2014
VMware was founded in 1998 and began to ship its first Software Defined Storage solution, Virtual SAN, in 2014. Virtual SAN was later rebranded to vSAN. The vSAN solution is fully integrated into the vSphere Hypervisor platform. In 2015 VMware released major updates in the second iteration of the product. Close to the end of 2016 the third iteration was released.
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.