Software-Defined Data Center: The Foundation for the VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture

The VMware Cross-Cloud Architecture™ enables enterprises to innovate freely in the clouds of their choice. Built on our industry-leading Software-Defined Data Center foundation which brings together best-in-class compute, storage, networking virtualization, and cloud management, our common operating environment lets you rapidly run, manage, connect, and secure apps across clouds and devices.

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Delivering High–Value IT Outcomes

Boost your data center efficiency and drive innovation.  

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Validated Designs for your Software-Defined Data Center

Get the most from your SDDC with comprehensive, system-level designs and architectures that include recommended operations for Day 0, Day 1, Day 2 and beyond.

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What Software-Defined Data Center Does

Fully Virtualized Infrastructure

The software-defined approach extends industry-leading vSphere virtualization beyond compute to network and storage, making data center services as easy and inexpensive to configure and manage as virtual machines. Dell EMC VxRack SDDC, a turnkey hyper-converged solution powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, is a fully integrated hardware and software rack-scale engineered system. Both seamlessly integrate with existing VMware eco-system management solutions for streamlined deployment and management in VMware environments. Learn More

Delivered On a Flexible Mix of Private and Hybrid Clouds

Applications and services can be provisioned and run on both on-premises private clouds and secure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platforms, with seamless workload mobility across the hybrid environment. You can utilize virtually any hardware, minimizing the need for specialized infrastructure.

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Governed by a Comprehensive Cloud Management Platform

Unified, policy-driven technology automates and manages IT services across heterogeneous clouds. Unlike legacy solutions, the platform is purpose-built to orchestrate the changing dynamics of software-defined workloads.

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Customer-Ready Software-Defined Data Center Solutions

Go to the VMware {code} to learn about the newly announced Federation Software-Defined Data Center – a joint solution with best-of-breed technologies from Dell EMC, Pivotal with RSA and VMware. Designed to meet the needs of mission critical enterprise applications, this fully integrated, engineered, tested and validated solution will help you accelerate your transition to a Software-Defined Enterprise.

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What You Get

  • Dramatically higher efficiency and lower costs. Virtualized IT services and automated operations management drive new levels of resource utilization and staff productivity.
  • Application provisioning in minutes. Policy-based configuration lets you deliver workloads in minutes, with resource levels automatically adjusted to meet continually changing business demands.
  • The right availability and security for every application. Automated business continuity and virtualization-aware security combine to provide exceptional uptime and unmatched control over resource access and placement.
  • Any workload delivered anywhere. Run both new and existing applications across multiple platforms and clouds, with instant delivery to any user on any desktop or mobile device.

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VMware Validated Designs for your Software-Defined Data Center 

VMware Validated Designs span the entire Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). Get the most from your SDDC with comprehensive, system-level designs and architectures that include recommended operations for Day 0, Day 1, Day 2 and beyond.

Each design is accompanied by a reference design guide with instructions on what to build and why. You also get an execution guide with step-by-step instructions on how to build the validated design; solution blueprints; design best practices; troubleshooting tips and more – all expertly created and validated by VMware.

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VMware’s network virtualization platform, NSX, deploys on top of existing physical network hardware and supports the newest fabrics and geometries from all vendors. Existing applications and monitoring tools work smoothly with NSX without any modifications.


Create radically simple shared storage for virtual machines from server-based storage, enabling a resilient, high-performance scale-out architecture that reduces TCO by as much as 50 percent.

vRealize Suite

An enterprise-ready, cloud management platform the delivers the industry’s most complete solution for managing a heterogeneous, hybrid cloud. Delivered in Standard, Advanced and Enterprise editions, vRealize Suite is designed to meet the specific needs of enterprises addressing Intelligent Operations, Automated IT to IaaS and DevOps-Ready IT use cases.

vCloud Suite

Brings together VMware’s industry-leading vSphere hypervisor and VMware vRealize Suite in a single package. VMware’s new portable licensing units allows vRealize Suite capabilities to easily be leveraged to manage, vSphere, non-vSphere and Public Cloud workloads.

vSphere and vSphere with Operations Management

As the foundation for VMware’s complete Software-Defined Data Center platform, vSphere is the starting point for building your Software-Defined Data Center. With vSphere in place, you can seamlessly extend virtualization to storage and network services and add automated, policy-based provisioning and management.

VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation is the integrated cloud infrastructure platform for the hybrid cloud. It delivers enterprise-class infrastructure (compute, storage, networking and security) to run both traditional and containerized applications and has unique lifecycle management capabilities to automate day 0 to day 2 operations. VMware Cloud Foundation has flexible deployment options, including on-premises across multiple prequalified hardware partners and as a service through leading public cloud providers.

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