Add a network to an organization virtual datacenter to enable its virtual machines to communicate with each other or to provide access to the Internet. A single organization virtual datacenter can have multiple networks.

Table 1. Types of Organization Virtual Datacenter Networks and Their Requirements
Organization Virtual Datacenter Network Type Description Requirements
External organization virtual datacenter network - direct connection Accessible by multiple organizations. Virtual machines belonging to different organizations can connect to and see traffic on this network.

This network provides direct layer 2 connectivity to machines outside of the organization. Virtual machines outside of this organization can connect to virtual machines within the organization directly.

External network
External organization virtual datacenter network - NAT-routed connection Accessible only by this organization. Only virtual machines within this organization can connect to this network.

This network also provides controlled access to an external network. System administrators and organization administrators can configure network address translation (NAT) and firewall settings to make specific virtual machines accessible from the external network.

On the Org VDC Networks tab, NAT-routed networks display a gateway address.

vSphere Edge 5.1 and an edge gateway
Internal organization virtual datacenter network Accessible only by this organization. Only virtual machines within this organization can connect to and see traffic on this network.

This network provides an organization with an isolated, private network that multiple vApps can connect to. This network provides no connectivity to virtual machines outside this organization. Machines outside of this organization have no connectivity to machines within the organization.

On the Org VDC Networks tab, internal networks do not display an associated gateway address.

Network pool