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 groups of environments to meet different user needs.

For example, you can create a data center for each organizational unit in your enterprise or create some data centers for high-performance environments and other data centers for less demanding environments.


Required privileges:

  • Datacenter.Create datacenter


  1. In the vSphere Client home page, navigate to Home > Hosts and Clusters.
  2. Right-click the vCenter Server object and select New Datacenter.
  3. (Optional) Enter a name for 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.