VMware Cloud Foundation product is a hyper-converged infrastructure offering from VMware. VMware Cloud Foundation is the unified SDDC platform that bundles VMware vSphere, vSAN, and NSX into a natively integrated stack to deliver enterprise-ready cloud infrastructure.
VMware Cloud Foundation includes a new software management product named SDDC Manager which controls the virtualized compute, network and storage resources. VMware Cloud Foundation uses SDDC Manager to bundle vSphere, vSAN and NSX into a single platform that can be deployed on premise as a part of private cloud or can be provisioned as a service through public cloud providers.VMware Cloud Foundation automates the lifecycle operations like installation, configuration, operation of the software stack, features policy-driven Workload Domains and monitors both the physical topology of the software-defined datacenter, as well as its underling components.
VMware Cloud Foundation also integrates with pre-existing VMware products, including VMware vRealize Suite, VMware Integrated OpenStack, VMware Integrated Containers and VMware Horizon, and it leverages VMware vCenter Server for VM management, monitoring and provisioning.
Cloud Foundation is available with three deployment options:
- Ready Systems:
Deploys Cloud Foundation with prequalified vSAN Ready Nodes and networking switches.
- Integrated Systems:
Deploys Cloud Foundation with software stack preinstalled and integrated on qualified hardware.
- As a Service from the Public Cloud:
Runs Cloud Foundation as a service, managed by public cloud providers.