VMware Cloud Foundation+™ (also called VCF+) delivers administrator, developer and hybrid cloud services through a simplified subscription model and keyless entitlement. You can add infrastructure and upgrade VMware Cloud Foundation™ without the need to enter license keys.

VMware Cloud Foundation+ also includes administration services across multiple VMware Cloud Foundation instances that can be viewed from the VMware Cloud Console. You can view details about available resources, triage vCenter Server events and alerts, evaluate VMware vCenter Server® security posture, and track subscription usage.

VMware Cloud Foundation+ works with both VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail.

You can add both VMware Cloud Foundation and vCenter Server instances to the same Organization using separate or shared subscriptions. However, in a VMware Cloud Foundation instance, the vCenter Server instances are a part of the workload domain constructs. You cannot directly add a workload domain vCenter Server individually.

All workload domains in the VMware Cloud Foundation instance must be connected to the cloud.

Figure 1. VMware Cloud Foundation+ Architecture
Cloud Gateway is in the management domain together with SDDC Manager, vCenter Server and NSX components. Cloud Gateway is connected to VMware Cloud.

VMware Cloud Foundation+ consists of these components:

  • One or more on-premises VMware Cloud Foundation instances in subscription mode

    See Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation.

  • vCenter Cloud Gateway in each on-premises VMware Cloud Foundation instance

    vCenter Cloud Gateway connects the on-premises deployment to the cloud. From SDDC Manager, the gateway collects system information, such as name and type of each workload domain, current software version of SDDC Manager and the workload domains, available upgrades through SDDC Manager life cycle management, and subscription status of SDDC Manager. From the vCenter Server instances for the workload domains, the gateway collects resource usage information.

    You install vCenter Cloud Gateway in your VMware Cloud Foundation instance manually. It is not a part of the automation platform of VMware Cloud Foundation and you handle its life cycle separately.

  • VMware Cloud functionality for billing and for providing cloud services.

Billing and Licensing

Billing is done in units of CPU cores utilized using the same units as vSphere+ and vSAN+, calculated for all infrastructure added to each VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

VMware Cloud Foundation+ does not support mixed licensing mode. You associate all the infrastructure in a VMware Cloud Foundation instance with a subscription. You can use licenses for the individual VMware products only in perpetual license mode or with VMware Cloud Foundation-Subscription.

Add Your On-Premises Deployment to VMware Cloud Foundation+

  1. Review the Requirements for VMware Cloud Foundation+ and the VMware Cloud Foundation+ Journey Map.

  2. Purchase a VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription and apply it to an organization in VMware Cloud Services. See Purchase and Apply a VMware Cloud Foundation+ Subscription.

  3. Deploy or upgrade your on-premises deployment to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.

    Setup Method of VMware Cloud Foundation


    Deploying a clean VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

    Deploy a VMware Cloud Foundationinstance in subscription-ready mode.

    See Deployment Overview of VMware Cloud Foundation


    In a clean deployment of VMware Cloud Foundation, you cannot add infrastructure in the form of workload domains, vSphere clusters or ESXi hosts, until you add the deployment to the subscription you purchased.

    Upgrading a VMware Cloud Foundation instance.

    If you plan a phase-based upgrade of your VMware Cloud Foundation instance, upgrade at least these components:

    1. Upgrade the management domain to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5. See Upgrade the Management Domain to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.

    2. By using the latest version of the Async Patch Tool, apply the async patch for vCenter Server 7.0 Update 3h or later to all VI workload domains. See Apply an Async Patch to VMware Cloud Foundation in Online Mode.

  4. Connect the deployment to the cloud by using vCenter Cloud Gateway. See Connect VMware Cloud Foundation to VMware Cloud.

  5. Add the deployment to the VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription. See Connect VMware Cloud Foundation to VMware Cloud.

    Add a clean VMware Cloud Foundation deployment to the subscription before the subscription-ready period expires. Otherwise, you must re-image the ESXi hosts and start the bring-up process again.

  6. If you are performing a phase-based upgrade, complete the upgrade processes for the VI workload domains.

    1. By using the Async Patch Tool, deactivate all async patches and activate forward upgrade to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5. See Upgrade an Async Patched Version of VMware Cloud Foundation in Online Mode.

    2. By using SDDC Manager, upgrade the rest of the management components for all VI workload domains. See Upgrade VI Workload Domains to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5 and Upgrade VI Workload Domains to VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5 on Dell EMC VxRail.

If you replace the certificate of SDDC Manager after you connect the VMware Cloud Foundation instance to the cloud, to re-establish the trust between vCenter Cloud Gateway and SDDC Manager, follow VMware Knowledge Base article 89726.

Supported Limits

  • Per VMware Cloud Foundation instance, you can connect up to eight workload domains to the cloud including the management domain.

    By default, a vCenter Cloud Gateway instance can be connected to up to four workload domains including the management domain. For information on how to raise this limit to eight workload domains, see VMware Knowledge Base article 89558.

  • Per VMware Cloud Foundation instance, you can connect up to 1,000 hosts to one vCenter Cloud Gateway across all workload domains.

Cloud Services

The following services are available in the VMware Cloud with your VMware Cloud Foundation+ subscription:

  • Global Inventory Service. Provides a high-level global inventory view of any connected on-premises VMware Cloud Foundation and vSphere instances.

  • VM Provisioning Service. Allows an administrator to deploy a virtual machine onto any connected vCenter Server from the cloud, operating just as vSphere+ does today.

  • Infrastructure Operations Service. Provides a global overview of all VMware Cloud Foundation instances showing a consolidated view of vCenter Server events, security status, and capacity state of clusters across vCenter Server instances in the context of vSphere+ and vSAN+.

See Managing Workload Domains from VMware Cloud.