A cloud administrator configures Cloud Assembly into infrastructure that makes use of compute, network, and storage from cloud resources.

infrastructure assets are the core building blocks that you create and use to define blueprints and control how and where blueprints are deployed.

You use the Cloud Assembly infrastructure assets to define projects and cloud zones, and add and configure supported cloud accounts available in regional datacenters or on vCenter servers, depending on cloud account type.

Infrastructure assets support mapping and profile definitions that allow flexibility and control in your blueprints and deployments. Image and flavor mappings define available deployment sizing and operating system specification for a particular cloud account/region. Network and storage profiles control how network and storage elements can be used in mapped blueprint deployments.

More advanced infrastructure options allow you to onboard existing virtual machines, integrate with applications such as Puppet and vRealize Orchestrator, define and manage your tagging strategy, monitor activities, and manage your infrastructure assets.

You can use the help panel on the far right to open the guided setup diagram, which illustrates relationships between the infrastructure elements, blueprints, and deployments in your Cloud Assembly implementation.

The diagram is closely related to the guided setup help panel steps, which are designed to help you define your initial infrastructure elements.

To support you as you work with the infrastructure elements, targeted documentation is also provided in the help panel for each user interface page in Cloud Assembly. These question-based help topics are provided in the same help panel as the guided setup steps.

You can toggle between the guided setup and the help topics content in the help panel.

External product documentation is also provided by using the VMware Docs option.