Centralized visibility, simplified and efficient management at scale and extensibility across the hybrid cloud—all from a single console

VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for managing your VMware vSphere environments, allowing you to automate and deliver a virtual infrastructure across the hybrid cloud with confidence.

VMware vCenter Server compatibility diagram

What vCenter Server Does 

Simple Deployment

Quickly deploy vCenter Server using host profiles or a Linux-based virtual appliance. Integration of VMware Update Manager into vCenter Server Appliance makes configuration fast and easy. New APIs allow for the deployment of vCenters based off of a template, speeding up the time taken to deploy a vCenter.


Seamlessly extend your on-premises environment to vSphere based public clouds, such as VMware Cloud on AWS, no matter which version of vCenter you are running.

Centralized Control and Visibility

Administer your entire vSphere infrastructure from a single location.


Use powerful tools to simplify management and extend your control, now including vRealize Log Insight.

Proactive Optimization

Allocate and optimize resources for maximum efficiency with vCenter Server.



Big Cloud Fabric Integration with VMware vSphere

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Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vCenter - VMware Ready Certified

The vSphere Web Client of Tomorrow

No more dependencies on Flash or Java. Learn more about the new HTML5 web client.

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Manage IBM storage resources within the VMware environment

VMware administrators and users will benefit from IBM Storage's vCenter Web Client Plug-in certification.

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IBM Spectrum Protect for Easier VMware Backups to the Cloud


Simple Deployment and Administration

Quickly deploy vCenter Server and manage vSphere using a Linux-based virtual appliance. New APIs enable deploying multiple vCenters based off of a template.

Centralized Control and Visibility

The HTML 5-based vSphere Client lets you manage the essential functions of vSphere from any browser, offering more responsiveness and usability than ever before. Assign users to custom roles, search vCenter inventory or provision new virtual machines at the click of a button. Gain the visibility and control needed for your virtual machines, hosts and datastores.

Scalable and Extensible Platform Across Hybrid Cloud

Improved large-scale management: Manage up to 1,000 hosts and 10,000 virtual machines with a single vCenter Server instance. With Linked Mode, you can manage up to 30,000 virtual machines across 10 vCenter Server instances. Use vSphere HA and DRS clusters to support up to 64 hosts and 8,000 virtual machines.

Linked mode: Replicate roles, permissions and licenses across the infrastructure so you can simultaneously log in, view and search the inventories of all vCenter servers. Simplify vCenter topology with vCenter and the embedded platform services controller in enhanced linked mode. Link multiple vCenters and increase visibility without using load balancers.

Hybrid Linked Mode: Extend across the on-premises environment and public cloud to get unified visibility and management across the hybrid cloud.

Systems Management Product Integration: Use web services APIs to achieve cost-effective and flexible integration with existing systems management products.

Use different vCenter versions while allowing cross-vCenter, mixed-version provisioning operations, such as vMotion, Full Clone and cold migrate.

Native vCenter Server High Availability

Protect the vCenter Server Appliance and related services with native High Availability and RTO of less than 10 minutes. vSphere provides native active-passive HA capability, certified for vCenter Server Appliance.

Native vCenter Server Backup and Restore

Backup your vCenter Appliance to file, via industry-standard protocols, while vCenter is still up and running. Restore by simply pointing a fresh appliance to the backup location and files will be downloaded to the new vCenter Server Appliance. No third-party products are required.

Native vCenter Server Backup Scheduler

Schedule your vCenter backups and control the number of backups retained.

Plug-in Extensibility

Web Client Plug-ins from VMware partners allow IT admins to manage 3rd-party elements in their data center directly from vCenter Server. vCenter Server has the largest partner ecosystem in the industry, with our open Web Client Plug-in SDK. As a result, vCenter Server customers can implement back-up, data protection, server management, network management and security management, directly from vCenter.

VMware launched the Web Client Plug-in Certification Program in 2016 to ensure a better end-user experience for customers. Certified Plug-ins deliver optimal performance, better security model, client isolation against failures in one plug-in, and enhanced vCSA scalability. Customers will be able to distinguish certified Web Client Plug-ins because only certified Plug-ins will carry the "VMware-ready" logo.

List of certified vSphere web client plugins
- Dell EMC OpenManagement Integration for VMware vCenter Plug-in
- Huawei Technologies Storage NGC Plugin (Flex and HTML5)
- IBM Storage Enhancements for vSphere Plug-in
- IBM Spectrum Protect vSphere Web Client
- Infinidat Powertools Plugin (HTML5)
- Lenovo Clarity integrator for VMware vCenter Plug-in
- NimbleStorage vSphere web Client Plug-in
- StorMagic Plug-in


Looking for licensing and pricing information? Read the vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management Licensing, Pricing and Packaging White Paper.z

vCenter Server Standard is for large vSphere deployments.

vCenter Server Standard customers are entitled to 25 log streams of vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server. For more information, see the FAQ.

Note that vCenter Server for any vSphere Essentials kit is already integrated into the kits for smaller office deployments.