The virtual infrastructure is the foundation of the platform. It contains the software-defined infrastructure, software-defined networking, and software-defined storage.

In the virtual infrastructure layer, access to the underlying physical infrastructure is controlled and allocated to the management and customer workloads. The platform layer consists of hypervisors on the physical hosts and the hypervisor management components. The management components consist of elements in the virtual management layer, network and storage layers, business continuity, and security areas.

Figure 1. Platform Layer
Platform Layer