A virtual data center is a container for all the inventory objects required to complete a fully functional environment for operating virtual machines. You can create multiple data centers to organize sets of environments. For example, you might create a data center for each organizational unit in your enterprise or create some data centers for high performance environments and others for less demanding virtual machines.


In the vSphere Web Client verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a data center object.


  1. In the vSphere Web Client, navigate to the vCenter Server object.
  2. Select Actions > New Datacenter.
  3. Rename the data center and click OK.

What to do next

Add hosts, clusters, resource pools, vApps, networking, datastores, and virtual machines to the data center.