Cloud Provider Pod: Automated Cloud Deployment

Automate the deployment of VMware-based clouds using VMware Cloud Provider Pod. A Cloud Provider Pod-deployed stack adheres to VMware Validated Design principles and is thoroughly tested for interoperability and performance. It is also tested for cloud-scale and is built to handle rigorous Cloud Provider workloads. It deploys technologies with core provider capabilities such as data center extension, cloud migration, and multi-tenancy and chargeback, and helps achieve the fastest path to VMware-based cloud services delivery.


What Cloud Provider Pod Does

Custom Cloud Design

Cloud Provider Pod reduces time-to-value, shrinking operational costs and giving providers greater control of their cloud environment.

One-Click Deployment

Fast deployment accelerates the time to value, reduces the scope for errors, and lowers operational expenses.

Seamless Operations

Cloud Providers can focus on service quality and differentiation, resulting in better customer experiences, growth, and retention.


Custom Cloud Designer

Cloud Providers can design a cloud to their specifications, selecting feature sets and products as needed, and receiving support for legacy storage.

Day-0 Automation

Cloud Provider Pod automates deployment of the full Cloud Provider stack and can be easily extended to provide custom provisioning needs.

Detailed Deployment and Operations Guidelines

Cloud Provider Pod generates custom documentation based on cloud design inputs that help the Cloud Provider deploy an interoperable and validated stack.

Certified Interoperability and Scale

Cloud Provider Pod-generated documentation adheres to the latest VMware Validated Designs and is scale-tested for Cloud Provider environments.

Multi-tenant, Open, Extensible Cloud

Cloud Providers can deploy a multi-tenant, self-service cloud environment that is open (REST APIs, CLI, and Python SDK), extensible (UI-extensible, compliant with Ansible and Terraform), and has native integration with ecosystem partners (Data Protection from EMC Avamar).


Cloud Provider Pod 1.0 deploys the following components of VMware Validated Designs for Cloud Providers.  It also generates customized documentation with guidance on design and operations.  

  • vSphere 6.5u2
  • vSAN 6.6.1
  • NSX 6.4.1
  • vCloud Director
  • vCloud Director Extender
  • vRealize Orchestrator 7.4
  • vRealize Operations 7.0
  • vRealize Log Insight 4.6
  • vRealize Network Insight 3.7
  • Usage Meter 3.6.1


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