The Foundation for a Flexible, Scalable Data Center

Today’s digital transformation is driving rapid and fundamental changes in businesses and their operating models. To support this, IT must similarly transform its data centers. VMware enables IT organizations to modernize data centers and deliver IT infrastructure and application services with the speed and agility to support business innovation and growth while optimizing total cost of ownership. VMware’s software-defined architecture of natively integrated compute, network and storage virtualization technologies, together with automation and management, enables businesses to modernize their infrastructure, automate the delivery and management of IT services, and run modern cloud-native and microservices-based applications.

This innovative, software-defined approach delivers cloud service provider agility and economics in the data center, and extends to an elastic hybrid cloud environment. Modernize Data Center initiatives include Modernize Infrastructure, Automate IT and Deploy Modern Apps.

Modernize Data Centers: Solution Overview

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Traditional data centers have been constructed with siloed infrastructure layers, purpose-built hardware and fragmented management, resulting in complex deployment and operations and slower delivery of IT services and applications. A modern infrastructure built on a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) allows cost-efficient, simple and agile delivery and operation of all required types of IT services and applications across private and public clouds.

HCI transforms industry-standard x86 servers with directly-attached storage into cost-effective, highly scalable building blocks with software-defined compute and storage, which can be seamlessly extended with virtual networking and unified management.

Modernizing infrastructure with VMware solutions helps IT:

  • Accelerate business responsiveness with faster deployment, streamlined operations and better scalability of hyper-converged infrastructure.
  • Evolve infrastructure without risk by extending HCI virtualized networking and automated management with a natively integrated hyper-converged solution.
  • Prepare for the multi-cloud era with a solution ready for enterprise and next-gen applications and new server and storage technologies.
  • Unify data center monitoring and management across a virtualized stack for better informed IT decision making.
  • Lower total cost of ownership through server-side economics, on-demand scaling, simpler management and data center consolidation.
Modernize Infrastructure

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VMware Cloud Foundation
VMware Cloud Foundation delivers a natively integrated Software-Defined Data Center stack of compute, storage and network virtualization consisting of vSphere, vSAN and NSX.
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VMware vSAN
VMware vSAN (formerly Virtual SAN), is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions. vSAN is a core building block for the Software-Defined Data Center.
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The delivery and ongoing management of modern cloud infrastructure and applications must be automated for IT to become a more agile and strategic partner to the business. In a VMware modernized data center, IT teams can model infrastructure and application resources as “blueprints” with embedded automation and policies. This approach reduces the time it takes to provision production-ready infrastructure and application components from weeks to minutes. It also streamlines ongoing management because blueprints can be easily managed through their lifecycle and retirement. VMware's solution for automation gives customers flexibility and choice and transforms the IT service lifecycle.


Automating modern infrastructure and applications with VMware solutions helps IT:

  • Accelerate delivery and improve quality of production-ready infrastructure and applications.
  • Microsegment and secure applications easily and consistently, regardless of where they reside in the data center and throughout their lifecycle.
  • Free up resources by automating resizing and reclamation of provisioned resources.
  • Govern service delivery across both on-premises and public cloud environments.
  • Improve workload placement comparing the cost of private and public cloud alternatives.
Automate IT

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VMware NSX
VMware NSX is the leading platform for network virtualization that reproduces the entire network model in software, enabling any network topology—from simple to complex multitier networks—to be created and provisioned in seconds.
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VMware vRealize Automation
VMware vRealize Automation automates the delivery of IT services, and enables IT to embed automation and policies within blueprints including network and security services, accelerating the delivery of production-ready infrastructure.
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New cloud-native applications often leverage container technologies and microservice-based architectures. These applications change frequently—release cycles are measured in minutes or hours, not days, weeks or months. Other applications require open APIs and run “bare metal” such as predictive analytics applications. And emerging IoT applications demand additional specialized provisioning, security and operational requirements. IT must offer the best infrastructure for the application to deliver the optimal business outcomes with the security, agility, reliability and governance the enterprise demands.


Running modern applications using VMware solutions helps IT and application teams:

  • Speed time to market by enabling the business to deploy applications more frequently, more quickly and with security and control.
  • Improve developer productivity by delivering open APIs, infrastructure and application environments sooner, with greater agility.
  • Enjoy enterprise-grade networking, storage and security across all applications—traditional, cloud-native and everything in between—without compromise.
Deploy Modern Apps

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VMware Photon Platform
VMware Photon Platform is an enterprise cloud infrastructure platform that enables IT to deliver on-demand tools and services developers need to build and run container-based, cloud-native applications while retaining security, control and performance.
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VMware Integrated OpenStack
VMware Integrated OpenStack deploys and manages production-grade OpenStack quickly and easily in existing VMware SDDC environments, enabling developer access to vSphere-based infrastructure resources via vendor-neutral APIs.
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vSphere Integrated Containers
vSphere Integrated Containers is an enterprise container infrastructure that allows IT Ops to run both traditional and next gen apps on vSphere using existing tools, while providing app developers with a familiar Docker-compatible interface.
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