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Palo Alto, California

Charter city in the northwestern corner of Santa Clara County, California, United States, in the San Francisco Bay Area, named after a coastal redwood tree known as El Palo Alto.

Palo Alto is named after El Palo Alto, a historic 110 ft California Redwood on the banks of the San Francisquito Creek, sighted and named by the Portolà expedition in 1769.
Part of an 1890 map of northern Santa Clara County including all or part of the towns of University Park, Palo Alto (now College Terrace in Palo Alto), Mayfield. Also shows Stanford University (still under construction at the time.)
University Avenue at the Circle with train steaming toward El Palo Alto, 1894
The main entrance of the HP headquarters building
The main entrance of the former Tesla Motors headquarters
Palo Alto's city hall
The Rinconada branch of the Palo Alto City Library
California Avenue Station
Commuters at Palo Alto Station boarding Caltrain
Packard's garage
Oak tree at Esther Clark Park in Palo Alto
Stanford University is adjacent to Palo Alto

As one of the principal cities of Silicon Valley, Palo Alto is headquarters to a number of high-tech companies, including HP, Space Systems/Loral, VMware, Ford Research and Innovation Center, PARC, IDEO, Skype, Houzz, SAP Labs, and Lockheed Martin.

VMware ESXi

A purple diagnostic screen as seen in VMware ESX Server 3.0
A purple diagnostic screen from VMware ESXi 4.1

VMware ESXi (formerly ESX) is an enterprise-class, type-1 hypervisor developed by VMware for deploying and serving virtual computers.

Broadcom Inc.

American designer, developer, manufacturer and global supplier of a wide range of semiconductor and infrastructure software products.

An Apple AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi card that uses a Broadcom chip.

In May 2022, Broadcom announced their deal to acquire the virtualisation and cloud computing software vendor VMware for $61 billion in a combination of cash and stock, with Broadcom assuming $8 billion in VMware debt.

Dell EMC

American multinational corporation headquartered in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and Round Rock, Texas, United States.

Richard Egan, co-founder of EMC Corporation
EMC Corporation logo prior to merger

Dell offered $24.05 per share of EMC, and $9.05 per share of tracking stock in VMware.

X86 virtualization

Use of hardware-assisted virtualization capabilities on an x86/x86-64 CPU.

AMD Phenom Die
Intel Core i7 (Bloomfield) CPU
A Linux kernel log showing AMD-Vi information

VMware researchers pointed out in a 2006 ASPLOS paper that the above techniques made the x86 platform virtualizable in the sense of meeting the three criteria of Popek and Goldberg, albeit not by the classic trap-and-emulate technique.

VMware Workstation

Hosted hypervisor that runs on x64 versions of Windows and Linux operating systems ( an x86-32 version of earlier releases was available); it enables users to set up virtual machines (VMs) on a single physical machine and use them simultaneously along with the host machine.

VMware Workstation is developed and sold by VMware, Inc. There is a free-of-charge version, VMware Workstation Player (known as VMware Player until release of VMware Workstation 12 in 2015), for non-commercial use.


American technology company that develops, sells, repairs, and supports computers and related products and services, and is owned by its parent company of Dell Technologies.

Michael Dell (founder)
The company sponsors Dell Diamond, the home stadium of the Round Rock Express, the AAA minor league baseball affiliate of the Texas Rangers major league baseball team.
Dell's tagline "Yours is Here", as seen at their Mall of Asia branch in Pasay, Philippines

As part of the acquisition, Dell would take over EMC's 81% stake in the cloud-computing and virtualization company VMWare.

Diane Greene

American technology entrepreneur and executive.

Greene started her career as a naval architect before transitioning to the tech industry, where she was a founder and CEO of VMware from 1998 until 2008.


In-memory data structure store, used as a distributed, in-memory key–value database, cache and message broker, with optional durability.

Salvatore Sanfilippo, the original developer of Redis (photo taken in 2015)

Sanfilippo was hired by VMware in March, 2010.

DEMO conference

Series of technology-focused business conferences in which pre-selected companies and entrepreneurs launch new products and services.

Metro Toronto Convention Centre, late 2004.

Products launched at DEMO include: Salesforce.com, TiVo, VMware, Evernote, E*Trade, WebEx and Fusion-io.