The VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Guide provides detailed information about the software, tools, and external services that are required prior to using VMware Cloud Foundation to implement a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

This document should be reviewed in its entirety, prior to beginning a VMware Cloud Foundation deployment to ensure a successful deployment. Review this document several weeks prior to the start of the deployment in order to provide enough time to realize all the requirements.

VMware Cloud Foundation can be deployed in one of two different architecture models - Standard or Consolidated.

  • In the standard architecture model, the SDDC management workloads are separated from the tenant workloads by using multiple workload domains.

  • In the consolidated architecture model, only one workload domain containing both the management and tenant workloads is created and resource pools are used to isolate workloads.

Although this document focuses on the standard architecture model, the general requirements provided are applicable to both.

Intended Audience

The VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Guide is intended for cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, and cloud administrators who are familiar with VMware software and want to quickly deploy and manage an SDDC.

Required VMware Software

The VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Guide is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See the VMware Cloud Foundation release notes for more information about supported product versions.