The Cloud Management Platform (CMP) is the primary consumption portal for the entire Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Within the SDDC, you use vRealize Automation to author, administer, and consume VM templates and blueprints. 

Figure 1. Cloud Management Platform Layer in the SDDC

The Cloud Management Platform 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.

The Cloud Management Platform layer delivers the following multi-platform and multi-vendor cloud services.

  • Comprehensive and purpose-built capabilities to provide standardized resources to global customers in a short time span.

  • Multi-platform and multi-vendor delivery methods that integrate with existing enterprise management systems.

  • Central user-centric and business-aware governance for all physical, virtual, private, and public cloud services.

  • Architecture that meets customer and business needs, and is extensible.