Software-Defined Data Center: The Foundation for Digital Transformation

Innovate freely in the clouds of your choice with the VMware software-defined digital foundation. Built on our industry-leading technologies, our approach brings together best-in-class virtualized compute, storage, and networking with comprehensive cloud management. Our common operating environment lets you rapidly run, manage, connect, and secure apps across data centers, clouds, and devices.

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Capitalize on the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC)

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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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Why Choose a VMware-Powered Software-Defined Data Center

Leverages a 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 hyperconverged solution powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, is a fully integrated hardware and software rack-scale engineered system. Both seamlessly integrate with existing VMware ecosystem management solutions for streamlined deployment and management in VMware environments.

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Delivered On a Flexible Mix of Private and Hybrid Clouds

Applications and services can be provisioned to run seamlessly on both on-premises private clouds and secure infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platforms. 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 dynamic software-defined workloads.

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Customer-Ready Software-Defined Data Center Solutions

VMware Cloud Foundation provides integrated cloud infrastructure (compute, storage, networking, and security) and cloud management services to run enterprise applications in both private and public environments.

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Accelerating business demands are driving rapid digital transformation in organizations, including a push for business and IT to align around applications that deliver modern customer engagement. To keep up, IT needs to deliver digital infrastructure that supports the modern application anywhere. VMware empowers you to manage and run consistent infrastructure and operations across data centers and public clouds, delivering applications with the speed and agility to support business innovation and growth. VMware’s solution is built on a software-defined hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) architecture of natively integrated compute, network, and storage virtualization technologies, with self-driving operations and management. This innovative approach delivers a consistent operational model on any cloud.

Solution Overview

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What You Get

  • 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 resources that adjust automatically changing business demands.
  • The right availability and security for every application. Automated business continuity and virtualization-aware security provide exceptional uptime and control of resources.
  • 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.

VMware Validated Designs for Your SDDC 

Get the most from your SDDC with comprehensive, system-level designs and architectures spanning the entire SDDC, including 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 validated design, solution blueprints, design best practices, troubleshooting tips, and more—all expertly created and validated by VMware.

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VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation provides the simplest path to hybrid cloud through an integrated software platform for both private and public cloud environments. Gain a complete set of software-defined services for compute, storage, network, and security, along with cloud management capabilities. The result is simple, secure, and agile cloud infrastructure on premises and as-a-service public cloud environments.


Gain a network virtualization platform that 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.

vRealize Suite

Enjoy an enterprise-ready, cloud management platform the offers the industry’s most complete solution for managing a heterogeneous hybrid cloud. Delivered in Standard, Advanced, and Enterprise editions, vRealize Suite enables enterprises to support Intelligent Operations, Automated IT to IaaS, and DevOps-Ready IT use cases.

VMware Cloud on AWS

Run applications across vSphere-based cloud environments with access to a broad range of on-demand, AWS services. Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, this service integrates vSphere, vSAN, and NSX along with VMware vCenter management and is optimized to run on dedicated, elastic, bare-metal AWS infrastructure. With VMware HCX, you can quickly perform large-scale bi-directional migrations between on-premises and VMware Cloud on AWS environments.


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.


Extend virtualization to storage and network services and add automated, policy-based provisioning and management.As the foundation for VMware’s complete Software-Defined Data Center platform, vSphere is the starting point for building your SDDC.

vCloud Suite

Get VMware’s industry-leading vSphere hypervisor and VMware vRealize Suite in a single package. Now available with portable licensing units, vRealize Suite can be used to manage vSphere, non-vSphere, and public cloud workloads.

VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer​

VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer (Avi Networks) provides multi-cloud load balancing, web application firewall and application analytics across on-premises data centers and any cloud. The software-defined platform delivers applications consistently across bare metal servers, virtual machines and containers to ensure a fast, scalable, and secure application experience.