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 Client, verify that you have sufficient permissions to create a data center object.


  1. In the vSphere 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.