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The awesome beginning2012
Vates is founded by Olivier, Nithida, and Julien in Grenoble, a French city located in the Alps, close to Lyon and the skiing stations. At the time, the company was an Open Source solution integrator and an audit company.
Xen Orchestra appears2012
The very first version of Xen Orchestra is born. Originally designed as an internal tool, it got the attention of some of Vates' original customers and benefits from a seed round of investments to become an Open Source solution with pro support for companies.
Young Innovative Startup
In 2013, Vates was awarded the status of young innovative startup and received a tax break from the French government for all the innovation work undertaken in Xen Orchestra. This status is obtained for a period of 5 years.
First commercial XOA
The very first commercial edition of Xen Orchestra was released in 2014 and just like that, Vates is now a software publisher.
Growing organization and profitability
During the two years following the launch of XOA Enterprise, Vates is growing steadily and the number of employees rises to 5 (Welcoming Fabrice and Pierre). Xen Orchestra is now one of the major and recognized solutions to run VM infrastructure using the XenServer hypervisor.
Vates continues to grow during this period, getting the recognition of more and more major companies around the globe. Kayak, Citrix, BNP Paribas and many others and many more are subscribing to Xen Orchestra Appliance. The team continue to grow and before the end of the year, we are 7 people working Full Time for Vates.
We started the XCP-ng project with Kickstarter funding and raised less than 650% of our initial goal. XCP-ng project is born after a change in the pricing model and Open Source orientation of Citrix Hypervisor.
XCP-ng first release
XCP-ng 7.4, based on Citrix Hypervisor 7.4 is the very first release of our open source virtualization platform.
Million Euros Company
In the end of 2018, our company reached 1M EUR in turnover. Our team grew to 10 people working on both XCP-ng and Xen Orchestra. About a year after the launch of the XCP-ng project, our virtualization platform has been downloaded 18K times and more than 1.000 users are registered on the community forum - and that's only the beggining
HPE Startup Program
Vates is laureat of the HPE startup program allowing us to work more closely with big users and prepare for the future of XCP-ng with recommendations of a big player in the virtualization industry
The innovation contest helps XCP-ng benefit from a 1.2M EUR grant to invest in XCP-ng cybersecurity development. A big recognition (and financial help) for our project
In the end of 2019, our team is almost 20 people FTE, 6 of them or working eclusively on the XCP-ng virtualization platform. During this year, we reached 1.3M EUR of turnover and we formed many company partnerships, developing an amazing solution working with XCP-ng (or going to) - among those partnership, Vates and LINBIT alliance to develop XOSTOR hyperconvergence solution based on drbd.
Joining the Linux Foundation
XCP-ng virtualization platform becomes part of the Linux Foundation as one of the Xen incubated projects. This is an important recognition for the project as well as for our commitment to Open Source.
A new milestone is reached for XCP-ng project with more than 100.000 downloads. Our virtualization stack is now widely used in many different industries: Finance, banking, Cybersecurity, Datacenter and even some edge application.
Long Term Service edition
To meet the growing demand of our customers with the largest infrastructures, XCP-ng 8.2 becomes the first LTS edition available for our platform. Supported for a minimum of 5 years.
Kalray, Vates and Scaleaway alliance
With the aim of providing an innovative solution for Datacenters, Vates, Scaleaway and Kalray are joining forces. The emergence of DPUs (Data Processing Units) will be one of the pillars of future IT infrastructures and we want to be at the forefront of this innovation.
Joining RISC-V International
We believe that one of the future market revolutions will take place in open source hardware infrastructure, just as open source software has changed the way businesses operate in the past. That's why Vates has joined RISC-V International, with the aim of participating in this revolution by providing expertise on virtualisation instructions in future open source CPUs.
Innovative solution in Gartner's virtualization guide
In 2022, Vates' solution, with XCP-ng and Xen Orchestra, is listed in the Gartner's guide in both "Representative Providers of Hypervisor-Based Server Virtualization" and "Representative Provider of Open-Source Virtualization Projects" (among some very large players like Amazon or VMware).
Vates get a makeover
To celebrate the company's 10th anniversary, we worked with some great people who were able to convey the unique and cool identity of our stratup. Our new graphic identity and the homogenization of our offer was born.
2023 and beyond
In 2023, Vates is composed of no less than 30 people, dedicated to developing, innovating and maintaining the Vates Virtualization Management Stack for many years to come. We've accomplished a lot, but we still feel like we're at the beginning of the adventure and our projects are still ongoing.
The initial shareholder structure has 3 equal partners. Their profiles, as different as they are complementary, allow them to apprehend IT projects as a whole: Olivier Lambert, Nithida Vialle and Julien Fontanet.
Working at Vates
Vates is a company that has been growing steadily for 10 years. Many opportunities arise regularly. If you would like to join us, please send us your application - we try to answer to everyone.
Our vision of pro support
Our main mission is to provide support for XCP-ng and Xen Orchestra. We attach particular importance to being out of the ordinary and thus accompany our users in their missions
Our users are talking about Vates' platform
Back up your XCP-ng with Xen Orchestra, deploy a hybrid infrastructure on XCP-ng, or simply administer thousands of VMs, discover how our customers have made XCP-ng and Xen Orchestra their best ally.