Cloud Foundation enables deployment of a private cloud based on VMware's software-defined data center (SDDC) architecture. A Cloud Foundation system is a turnkey private cloud instance that is easily deployed. 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. 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 workload domains, SDDC Manager configures the vRealize Log Insight instances for those environments, to provide real-time log analytics. Cloud Foundation systems 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 system, 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 system. An administrator of an Cloud Foundation system performs tasks such as:

  • Manage users, roles, and permissions

  • Manage physical and logical resources

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

  • Manage provisioned workload domains

  • Monitor alerts and the health of the system

  • Troubleshoot issues and prevent problems across the physical and virtual infrastructure

  • Perform life cycle management on the Cloud Foundation software components