With Cloud Foundation, you have a turnkey solution to run your SDDC infrastructure. Cloud administrators have the ability to expand and contract the underlying infrastructure to meet their changing business needs. With a cloud that is based on the market leading virtualization platform, lines of business have the flexibility to deploy a wide variety of operating systems and application stacks within the tenant VMs. Virtual infrastructure administrators can integrate with and monitor the underlying infrastructure using a common monitoring tool set that aggregates and correlates across physical and virtual infrastructure. In addition, you have the flexibility to integrate their vSphere compatible tools directly with vCenter Server.

VI configures a flexible virtual datacenter including the following:

  • Ability to deploy and configure OS instances in the form of VMs with vCPUs, memory, and storage including networking resources.

  • Internet connectivity with a built-in IPAM (IP Address Management) solution.

You can acquire modular Cloud Foundation units to match your consumers' data center capacity requirements and offer the resulting virtual infrastructure to your consumers with minimal overhead. SDDC Manager deploys the following for a VI workload:

  • Physical compute

    The servers specified by the administrator are deployed. Each server includes processing, storage, and network connectivity.

  • Virtual infrastructure

    One vCenter Server is deployed per workload domain, which connects to the Platform Services Controller in the management domain for credentials and licenses. It creates workload domains according to the specifications, adding hosts and creating vSAN datastores from the storage on those hosts. It also deploys and configures NSX vSwitches into the ESXi instance on each host.

  • Physical networking

    SDDC Manager uses the Hardware Management Services ( HMS) to configure the ToR switches to accept traffic for the VLANs created in the virtual infrastructure and to route traffic for the public logical networks of the workload domain.

  • Management

    Cloud Foundation allows administrators to monitor and manage the workload domain using vRealize Operations Manager, and vRealize Log Insight.