About us

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The beginning


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 birth

DEC 2012

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.

Our first blogpost

Young Innovative Startup

MAR 2013

Vates gets the status of Young Innovative Startup for its work on Open Source virtualization tools

About Young Innovative Startup (FR)
SEPT 2014

Xen Orchestra Appliance

Pricing model for Xen Orchestra is announced for pro support services and the automatic updater. Xen Orchestra is a flat priced product, that comes in three different editions: starter, enterprise, and premium

Xen Orchestra Appliance is easy to deploy, works out of the box, runs confidently in production and our pro support gives you access to our deep knowledge of Xen.

Growing organization and profitability


A year after the launch of Xen Orchestra Appliance, Vates is back in business and the number of employees rises to 5 (Welcoming Fabrice and Pierre). Xen Orchestra is now one of the major solutions to run VM infrastructure using the XenServer hypervisor.

Big customers

2016 - 2018

Vates continues to grow during this period, getting the recognition of more and more major companies around the globe.

Kayak, Citrix, Airbus, Fireeye, BNP Paribas... and many more.

XCP-ng Kickstarter

FEB 2018

To initiate the XCP-ng project, we launched a Kickstarter campaign that has been financed at more that 650% of the initial objective.

XCP-ng project is born after a change in the pricing model and Open Source orientation of Citrix Hypervisor.
31 MAR 2018

First XCP-ng release

XCP-ng 7.4, based on Citrix Hypervisor 7.4 is the very first release of our open source virtualization platform.

19 DEC 2018

R&D initiative

Vates partners with different colleges in France to work closely with researchers and bring innovation from the research field to the XCP-ng platform

Million Euros company

DEC 2018

In 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.
Celebrating one year of XCP-ng
29 MAR 2019

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

19 NOV 2019

Innovation contest

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

31 DEC 2019

Growing ecosystem

Our team is now around 16 people, and 6 people are now dedicated to 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).

28 JAN 2020

Linux Foundation

XCP-ng 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.

17 APR 2020


XCP-ng reaches the symbolic 100.000 downloads

18 NOV 2020

Long Term Support Edition

XCP-ng 8.2 is our first long term support edition for our virtualization platform which means the support for this version will last 5 years.