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

The CMP layer includes the following components and functionality.

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

Service Catalog

A self-service portal where users can browse and request the IT services and resources they need, such a virtual machine or a machine on Amazon Web Services (AWS). When you request a service catalog item you provision the item to the designated cloud environment.

Self-Service Portal

Provides a unified interface for consuming IT services. Users can browse the service catalog to request IT services and resources, track their requests, and manage their provisioned items.


Provides automated workflows used to deploy service catalog items requested by users. You use the workflows to create and run automated, configurable processes to manage your SDDC infrastructure, as well as other VMware and third-party technologies.

vRealize Automation provides the self-service portal and the service catalog. Orchestration is enabled by an instance of vRealize Orchestrator internal to vRealize Automation.