With Cloud Foundation, you can deliver hosted desktops and applications through a single Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) platform with VMware VMware Horizon. End users can access all of their desktops and applications through a single unified workspace.

When deploying a VDI workload domain, Cloud Foundation automates the deployment and configuration of all required components. SDDC Manager performs the following tasks during a VDI workload domain creation:

  • Physical compute

    Hosts for the workload domain are selected from the hosts in the available inventory based upon the sizing requirements for the environment. Each host 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. The workload domain is created according your specifications, adding hosts and creating vSAN datastores from the storage on those hosts. Distributed virtual switches are deployed on each host.

  • Physical networking

    SDDC Manager uses the HMS to configure the 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.

  • Log Aggregation

    Cloud Foundation allows administrators to aggregate logs using vRealize Log Insight.

  • VDI

    VMware Horizon is bundled with Cloud Foundation and automates the deployment of View Connection Servers, security servers, App Volumes, Composer Server, and a DHCP Relay Agent. Cloud Foundation also creates an initial desktop pool.