Cloud Foundation enables deployment of a private cloud environment based on VMware's software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture. A Cloud Foundation installation is a turnkey private cloud instance that is easily deployed in a corporate network. In this environment, SDDC Manager enables the ability for streamlined and automated data center operations and the delivery of service offerings, such as virtual infrastructure (VI) and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environments, based on a VMware SDDC architecture.

Virtual compute, storage and networking capabilities are provided with corresponding management capabilities, and SDDC Manager makes those capabilities available as a single logical environment, the virtual rack. This logical aggregation of the physical racks and their associated resources allows for easier management of all of the resources across the infrastructure and gives your organization the ability to rapidly provision virtual infrastructure environments and related services. When you provision VI or VDI environments and have licensed use of the deployed vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations instances, SDDC Manager configures the vRealize Log Insight and vRealize Operations instances for those environments, to provide performance management, capacity optimization, and real-time log analytics. Cloud Foundation installations can scale to meet the increasing demands on your data center.

See the VMware Cloud Foundation Overview and Bring-Up Guide for an in-depth introduction to the architecture, components, and physical topology of a Cloud Foundation installation, along with detailed descriptions of the software that is deployed in the environment.

As an SDDC administrator, you use the information in the Administering VMware Cloud Foundation to understand how to administer and operate your installed Cloud Foundation environment. An administrator of an Cloud Foundation environment performs tasks such as:

  • Manage users, roles, and permissions

  • Manage physical and logical resources

  • Configure and provision the environments, the workload domains, that are used to provide service offerings

  • Manage provisioned workload domains

  • Monitor alerts and the health of the installation

  • When the deployed vRealize Log Insight instance is licensed for use in your Cloud Foundation installation, use the auditing and log analytics capabilities of the vRealize Log Insight instance to troubleshoot issues and prevent problems across the physical and virtual infrastructure

  • When the deployed vRealize Operations Manager instance is licensed for use in your Cloud Foundation installation, use the centralized monitoring capabilities of the vRealize Operations instance to manage performance and gain insight into the health of the environment across the physical and virtual infrastructure

  • Perform life cycle management on the Cloud Foundation software components