The Cloud Management Platform (CMP) layer is the management component of the entire SDDC. The CMP layer allows you to deliver tenants with automated workload provisioning by using a self-service portal.

The CMP layer includes the Service Catalog, which houses the facilities to be deployed, Orchestration which provides the workflows to get the catalog items deployed, and the Self-Service Portal that empowers the end users to take full advantage of the Software Defined Data Center.  vRealize Automation provides the Portal and the Catalog, and vRealize Orchestrator takes care of the Orchestration.

Figure 1. The Cloud Management Platform Layer Within the Software-Defined Data Center