Complete Software-Defined Services as Virtual Data Centers
- Virtual data centers: Provision complete sets of software-defined services that include compute, storage and networking capacity. Apply the principles of pooling, abstraction and automation and enable complete separation between the consumption of infrastructure services and the underlying hardware.
- Efficient resource allocation: Automatically place applications in optimal VMware vCenter Server clusters, alleviating IT overhead around balancing server capacity. Define how virtual data center resources are consumed by different teams and organizations.
- Robust multi-tenancy: Categorize users into organizations that can represent any policy group, such as a business unit, division, or company. Each will have isolated virtual resources, independent role based authentication and specific policy controls. These features enable secure multi-tenancy and safe sharing of infrastructure resources.
- vApp templates: Capture requirements for compute, storage, networking and other custom guest data using Open Virtualization Format-based vApp templates. Deploy and consume multi-tier applications as preconfigured virtual appliances containing virtual machines, operating system images and other media.
- vApp catalogs: Access vApp templates from web-based catalogs for dynamic provisioning. Port applications flexibly between data centers and standardize offerings while simplifying troubleshooting, patching and change management.
- Open Virtualization Format (OVF): Make basic transfer between environments possible using the open vCloud API, which preserves application properties, networking configuration and other settings.
- Better extensibility: A new set of APIs and SDKs with documentation and samples makes it easier for service providers to extend the capabilities of vCloud Director and create differentiation.
- Third-party integration: Leverage REST-based APIs and SDKs to allow third-party applications secure access to cloud resources such as vApp upload and download, catalog management, and other operations.
Security and Resource Consumption Control
- vCloud Networking and Security and NSX technologies: Integrate vCloud Director with security capabilities offered by vCloud Networking and Security and NSX. Capabilities include perimeter protection, port-level firewall, and NAT and DHCP services to gain multi-tenant level security, simplify application deployment and meet compliance standards.
- Role-based access control: Authorize consumption using a model that enables different users to have different levels of functional access within vCloud Director. Set quotas, leases and limits to prevent consumption from exceeding prescribed boundaries.