Cloud Foundation orchestrates, provisions, and deploys a software defined data center (SDDC). It maps a converged view of physical resources (e.g., CPU, memory, storage, and network) to a logical abstraction. Cloud Foundation overlays a software suite on top of the physical hardware for operations management, event reporting, and auditing. This enables Cloud Foundation to provide consistent hardware management across switches, servers, and storage, as well as a consolidated management solution across your SDDC.

In addition to the SDDC software stack, Cloud Foundation includes SDDC Manager, an application that automates the entire SDDC lifecycle (from initial bring-up, to configuration and provisioning, to upgrades and patching), and simplifies day-to-day management and operations. SDDC Manager offers a web-based interface.