What is VMware Cloud Foundation?

VMware Cloud Foundation is the hybrid cloud platform for managing VMs and orchestrating containers, built on full-stack hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) technology. With a single architecture that is easy to deploy, VMware Cloud Foundation enables consistent, secure infrastructure and operations across private and public cloud. Increase enterprise agility and flexibility with the hybrid cloud that delivers it all.

Power Your Digital Transformation with The Hybrid Cloud Platform for Modern Apps

Learn how VMware Cloud Foundation provides a single architecture for all of your applications.

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What’s New with VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu: The Industry’s Most Advanced Hybrid Cloud Platform

Now available with integrated container orchestration and VMware Tanzu management tools.

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VMware Cloud Foundation

The Simplest Path to Hybrid Cloud Also Has the Lowest TCO

 

A comparison of cloud infrastructures shows how deploying VMware Cloud Foundation saves money.

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Benefits of VMware Cloud Foundation 

Simplified Management

Optimize performance, resilience, and availability for your Kubernetes clusters with integrated container orchestration, delivered by VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu.

Flexible Deployment Options

Access the broadest deployment options across both private and public cloud, and choose from self-managed and as-a-service options for HCI.

Enhanced App Performance

Automate HCI delivery with the best-in-class compute, storage, networking and management tools that you use in your data center to deliver operational simplicity and lower TCO.

Standardized Architecture

Optimize performance, resilience, and availability for your Kubernetes clusters with integrated container orchestration, powered by vSphere with Tanzu.

Maximized Scale and IT Efficiency

Manage workloads on premises or in the cloud by extending the same infrastructure, operations, tools, and processes everywhere.

Intrinsic Security

Ensure enterprise-level security with our full-stack HCI platform that consolidates traditional VM and modern container workloads.

Spotlight on VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu 

Announcing Project Monterey: Redefining Hybrid Cloud Architecture

Learn how VMware Cloud Foundation evolves for next-generation applications with advanced enhancements in hardware, performance, manageability, and security.

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5 Stages for Application and Cloud Modernization

Leverage this 5-step framework to accelerate your cloud operating journey with hybrid cloud.

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Discover VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu

Learn how to modernize data centers and deploy modern apps with VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu.

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Announcing the vSAN Data Persistence Platform

Discover a new framework for software technology partners to integrate with VMware infrastructure.

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Use Cases for VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Use Case

Private Cloud and Hybrid Cloud

Provision infrastructure from a pool of virtualized resources on premises, at the edge, or in the cloud. Automation and orchestration simplify management of VM or container-based workloads that can scale to meet the needs of your business.

VMware Cloud Foundation Modern Apps Use Case

Modern Apps

Develop and deploy modern apps on premises or in the cloud through VMware Cloud Foundation Services, a new, integrated Kubernetes and RESTful API surface.

VMware Cloud Foundation Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Use Case

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Gain automated deployment of Horizon 7 virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) to standardize, automate, and simplify virtual desktops.

What are VMware Cloud Foundation Services?

VMware Cloud Foundation Services are a new Kubernetes and RESTful API surface that enables developers to get self-service access to Kubernetes clusters and all core services.

  • The Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Service allows developers to consume consistent, compliant and conformant Kubernetes clusters. IT admins can manage the TKG clusters using namespaces in vCenter Server.

Manage consistent, compliant and conformant Kubernetes clusters.

  • The Network Service allows developers to configure Virtual Routers, Load Balancers and Firewall Rules. IT admins can manage the network service using namespaces in vCenter Server.

Manage virtual routers, load balancers and firewall rules.

  • The vSphere Pod service extends Kubernetes with the ability to run pods directly on the hypervisor. When developers deploy containers using the vSphere Pod service, they get the same level of security isolation, performance guarantees and management capabilities that VMs enjoy.

Run containers directly on the hypervisor for improved security, performance, and manageability.

  • The Registry Service allows developers to store, manage and secure Docker and OCI images using Harbor.

Store, manage and secure Docker and OCI images.

  • The Storage Service allows developers to access persistent disks for use with container, Kubernetes and virtual machines.

Access persistent disks for use with container, Kubernetes clusters and virtual machines.

Customer Success with VMware Cloud Foundation 

Lumen

Lumen (formerly CenturyLink) deployed full-stack HCI as the foundation of its cloud strategy.

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Rackspace

Rackspace updated their entire stack with VMware Cloud Foundation for better performance, time savings, and security.

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"We’ve evolved to a single stack of compute, network, storage and security together within one interface and that’s powerful. That power now allows us to build infrastructure in hours, where before you were talking about weeks and months.”

 - Steve Nolen, Lead Product Manager, CenturyLink

"Having a software-defined platform deployed by VMware Cloud Foundation really allows us to grow and scale faster.”

 - Luke Huckaba, Principal Architect, Rackspace

Get Started

VMware Cloud Foundation Demo  

Learn how simple it is to install.

Hands-on Lab  

Test drive the capabilities.

Explore VCF Documentation  

Review release notes and documentation.

HCI Assessment  

Request a free HCI assessment.

How to Deploy VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation offers the broadest, most flexible solutions for private and hybrid cloud deployments. Choose from a number of qualified vSAN ReadyNodes, integrated systems, composable server platforms, or jointly engineered systems, such as Dell EMC VxRail. View the table below to select the private and hybrid cloud deployment model that best fits your needs.

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Choose the VMware Cloud Foundation edition that works best for you.

 

 

Starter

Standard

Advanced

Enterprise

 Automate infrastructure deployment and provisioning; includes lifecycle management for VMware’s core hyperconverged stack for traditional VM workloads

Adopt cloud management capabilities in an on-premises data center with integrated Tanzu Kubernetes container orchestration and VM management.

Evolve the VMware-based cloud operating model with advanced cloud management tools and integrated Tanzu Kubernetes container orchestration and VM workload automation.

Implement a full enterprise cloud operating model with advanced management, networking, and storage, optimized with integrated Tanzu Kubernetes container orchestration and VM workload automation.

Compare VMware Cloud Foundation Editions


For the complete vSphere features, please refer to the vSphere Licensing White Paper.
For the complete NSX Data Center features, please refer to the NSX Datasheet.
For the complete vSAN features, please refer to vSAN Licensing Guide.
For the complete vRealize Network Insight features, please refer to the vRNI Datasheet.
For the complete vRealize Suite features, please refer to vRealize Suite PnP White Paper.

FAQ

Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about VMware Cloud Foundation.

Which editions of VMware Cloud Foundation include the integrated Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and Tanzu Management?

The Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions of VMware Cloud Foundation include the integrated Tanzu Kubernetes Grid functionality . The VMware Cloud Foundation Starter edition includes standard VM workload management.     

When will upgrades be supported from previous versions of VMware Cloud Foundation?

VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu is limited to greenfield VCF environments. Upgrades for existing VCF deployments are not supported at this time. Existing VMware Cloud Foundation 3.x instances can currently upgrade to 3.10, and in future releases will also support upgrades to 4.x.

How can I use VMware Cloud Foundation for hybrid cloud?

Select service providers from the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) offer cloud services powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, including CenturyLink, OVH, and Rackspace. VMware Cloud on AWS is an on-demand service operated, managed, and sold by VMware, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation. Additional solutions include Azure VMware Solutions by CloudSimple and Google Cloud VMware Solution.

How can I purchase VMware Cloud Foundation software?

There are four ways to purchase VMware Cloud Foundation: (1) directly from VMware; (2) from VMware channel partners; (3) as part of an integrated system from OEM vendors; and (4) as a subscription service from a public cloud service provider.