VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform for the private and public cloud. Cloud Foundation brings together compute, storage, and network virtualization into a natively integrated stack that can be deployed on-premises or run as a service from the public cloud.

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The VMware Cloud Foundation Overview and Bring-Up Guide focuses on the private cloud use case.

To manage the logical infrastructure in the private cloud, Cloud Foundation augments the VMware virtualization and management components with a new component, SDDC Manager. SDDC Manager is the single interface for managing the infrastructure. From this interface, the IT administrator can provision new private cloud resources, monitor changes to the logical infrastructure, and manage lifecycle and other operational activities.

Figure 1. Cloud Foundation Solution
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