VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform that brings together VMware vSphere, vSAN, and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure for the private.

There are two main options to deploy VMware Cloud Foundation on premises in your own private cloud - work with a system integrator that will build and deploy physical racks with Cloud Foundation software pre-loaded or build and image your Cloud Foundation deployment yourself. If you are working with a system integrator, read the VMware Cloud Foundation Overview and Bring-Up Guide for information on how to bring-up the imaged rack.

If you are building your own deployment, first see the List of Qualified Hardware for a list of supported servers (vSAN Ready Nodes) and networking switches. Once you have assembled the hardware components for your physical rack, download the following files from the Product Download page:

  • VCF Bundle

  • md5sum file - VCF Bundle

  • VCF Imaging Appliance

  • md5sum file - VCF Imaging

Read the VIA User's Guide for information on how to image the rack. Read the VMware Cloud Foundation Overview and Bring-Up Guide for information on how to bring-up the imaged rack.

You can learn about VMware Cloud Foundation documentation and watching videos on the VMware Cloud Foundation video channel like this one.