While the term “cloud computing” was coined in an internal document by Compaq in 1996 and its underlying concepts have been around since long before that, it is a mistake to think of cloud as something fully formed or entirely mature. Instead, cloud solutions continue to evolve and follow the rapid commercial transformation that began when Amazon relaunched AWS and included the Elastic Compute Cloud service in August 2006.
Though VMware isn’t always at the top of cloud computing pioneer lists, its cloud roots and pedigree are as deep as any vendor’s can be. Why so? Because hardware virtualization technologies, like the company’s vSphere offerings, are central to cloud functionality. VMware launched its first formal cloud effort (the vCloud initiative) more than a decade ago and since then has steadily delivered solutions and services that address the cloud computing needs of its enterprise clients.
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