VMware Cloud Foundation™ provides a ubiquitous hybrid cloud platform for both traditional enterprise apps and modern apps. Based on a proven and comprehensive software-defined stack including VMware Cloud Foundation™ with VMware Tanzu™, VMware vSAN®, VMware NSX-T® Data Center, and VMware vRealize® Suite, VMware Cloud Foundation provides a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, network security, Kubernetes management, and cloud management. The result is agile, reliable, efficient cloud infrastructure that offers consistent operations across private and public clouds.

This document focuses on the private cloud use case.

To manage the logical infrastructure in the private cloud, VMware Cloud Foundation augments the VMware virtualization and management components with Cloud Builder and SDDC Manager. The Cloud Builder appliance automates the bring-up of the entire software-defined stack while SDDC Manager automates its configuration and provisioning. SDDC Manager also automates the lifecycle management of the stack, including the host firmware. From this interface, the IT administrator can provision new private cloud resources, monitor changes to the logical infrastructure, and manage life cycle and other operational activities.

VMware Cloud Foundation enables data center cloud administrators to provision an application environment in a rapid, repeatable, automated way versus the traditional manual process.