Cloud resources are an abstraction of their underlying vSphere resources and provide the compute and memory resources for vCloud Director virtual machines and vApps, and access to storage and network connectivity.

Cloud resources include provider and organization virtual datacenters, external networks, organization virtual datacenter networks, and network pools. Before you can add cloud resources to vCloud Director, you must add vSphere resources.

For information about organization virtual datacenters, see Allocate Resources to an Organization.

For information about organization virtual datacenter networks, see Managing Organization Virtual Datacenter Networks.

vCloud Director 9.7 introduces the SDDC as a cloud resource that encapsulates an entire vCenter Server installation. The provider can create and enable an SDDC, publish an SDDC to tenants, create and enable SDDC proxies to different components of the underlying vSphere environment. To create, publish to tenants, and manage SDDCs and proxies, you must use vCloud OpenAPI. See Getting Started with vCloud OpenAPI at https://code.vmware.com.

For information about SDDCs and SDDC proxies, see SDDCs and SDDC Proxies.