VMware Cloud Foundation Introduction


VMware Cloud Foundation™, is the unified SDDC platform for the private and public cloud. Cloud Foundation brings together VMware compute, storage, and network virtualization into a natively integrated stack that can be deployed on premises or run as a service from the public cloud. The Cloud Foundation stack consists of VMware vSphere, VMware NSX, and VMware vSAN along with the new VMware SDDC Manager. The SDDC Manager component fully automates and orchestrates the bring-up, deployment, operation, and scalability of these underlying SDDC components along with the inherent rack infrastructure consisting of server and networking hardware.


Cloud Foundation is an engineered solution that integrates the entire VMware software defined stack with guaranteed interoperability, freeing organizations from dealing with complex interoperability matrixes. It is build on a standard VMware Validated Design architecture, it ensures quick, repeatable deployments while eliminating risk of mis-configurations. It includes unique lifecycle management services that automate day 0 to day 2 operations, from bring up to configuration, resources provisioning and patching/upgrades. Also it can be flexibly deployed on premises on certified hardware from major OEM vendors or run it as a service from VMware’s own VMware Cloud on AWS or from a select number of VMware Cloud Providers.

Cloud Foundation also integrates with pre-existing VMware products, including vRealize Suite, VMware Integrated OpenStackVMware Integrated Containers and VMware Horizon, and it leverages vCenter Server for VM management, monitoring and provisioning.

Some of the most Use Cases of Cloud Foundation include:



VMware Cloud Foundation software can be consumed in three ways:

  • Software deployment – on certified vSAN ReadyNodes and networking switches.
  • Integrated System – Cloud Foundation software pre-installed at the factory, available from these OEM vendors: Dell EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Vantara, HPE and QCT.
  • As a Service from the Public Cloud – VMware Cloud on AWS or VMware Cloud Providers: IBM Cloud, OVH, Rackspace, and CenturyLink.

Cloud Foundation automates the installation of the VMware software stack. Once the physical components have been installed in the rack, cabled, and powered on, SDDC Manager leverages its knowledge of the hardware bill of materials and user-provided environmental information (such as DNS, IP address pool, etc.) to configure the hardware components in the rack and deploy the SDDC software stack.

Cloud Foundation introduces a new abstraction, workload domains, for creating logical pools across compute, storage, and networking. A workload domain is a policy based resource container with specific availability and performance attributes that combines vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a single consumable entity. There are two types of workload domains:

  • management workload domain (contains the management components to manage the infrastructure)
  • compute workload domains.

Cloud Foundation delivers a private cloud instance that can be easily deployed within an existing corporate network. Based on a scale-out, hyper-converged architecture, a Cloud Foundation implementation can start with a single rack containing 4 servers. Additional capacity and performance can easily be added linearly in increments as small as one server at a time within a single rack, scaling out to 8 full racks containing 256 servers in total.

Feel free to check these resources to find more information and interesting things about Cloud Foundation:

Cloud Foundation Architecture Poster 2.3

Cloud Foundation Fundamentals Hands-on Lab

Cloud Foundation Whitepaper

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