VMware, Inc. ("VMware") originally pioneered the development and application of virtualization technologies with x86 server-based computing, separating application software from the underlying hardware. Information technology ("IT") driven innovation continues to disrupt markets and industries. Technologies emerge faster than organizations can absorb, creating increasingly complex environments. IT is working at an accelerated pace to harness new technologies, platforms and cloud models, ultimately guiding their business through a digital transformation. To take on these challenges, we are working with customers in the areas of hybrid cloud, multi-cloud, modern applications, networking and security, and digital workspaces. Our software provides a flexible digital foundation to help enable customers in their digital transformation.
We help customers manage their IT resources across private clouds and complex multi-cloud, multi-device environments by offering solutions across three categories: Software-Defined Data Center ("SDDC"), Hybrid Cloud Computing and End-User Computing ("EUC"). This portfolio supports and addresses the key IT priorities of our customers: accelerating their cloud journey, empowering digital workspaces and transforming networking and security. These VMware solutions enable the digital transformation our customers need as they ready their applications, infrastructure and devices for their future business needs.
We incorporated in Delaware in 1998, were acquired by EMC Corporation ("EMC") in 2004 and conducted our initial public offering of our Class A common stock in August 2007. Effective September 7, 2016, Dell Technologies Inc. ("Dell") acquired EMC. As a result, EMC became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dell, and we became an indirectly-held, majority-owned subsidiary of Dell. We are considered a "controlled company" under the rules of the New York Stock Exchange. As of February 1, 2019, Dell controlled approximately 80.5% of our outstanding common stock, including 31 million shares of our Class A common stock and all of our Class B common stock.