The Cloud Automation layer using vRealize Automation provides the consumption model for the SDDC. The design provides guidance on configuration, organization, and consumption of the services to enable declarative workload orchestration in a multi-cloud environment.

Figure 1. Cloud Automation in the SDDC

The cloud automation layer includes the service catalog, which provides a common interface for consumers of IT services to use to request and manage the services and resources, orchestration which provides workflow customization and extensibility for provisioning of catalog items, and a self-service portal for requesting service deployments and enables business users to manage their provisioned resources.