The Foundation for Your Hybrid Cloud

Deliver infrastructure, along with applications such as SAP, Oracle, big data and mobile apps, across all clouds in minutes with a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) from VMware, the proven and trusted market leader in virtualization. Building on VMware’s vSphere, vSAN, NSX, and vRealize products, VMware Cloud Foundation offers a fully integrated SDDC for better performance, security, and scalability that extends from your data center to the major public cloud services.


VMware Cloud Foundation

Modernize the on-premise datacenter with Cloud Foundation.

Consistent Infrastructure and Operations

Software Defined Private Cloud

Embrace a hyper-converged strategy that integrates virtual machines and containers, virtual networks, and virtual storage with a common management platform. This strategy extends virtualization across the entire infrastructure (compute, storage and networking) via common hardware that is managed with existing tools and skillsets. This allows customers to speed deployments and unify and ease operations, monitoring, and IT management, and at the same time improve their ability to scale. VMware Cloud Foundation is the simplest way to build and manage a software-defined private cloud by delivering a complete, enterprise-ready private cloud that is simple to operate with built-in automated lifecycle management.

Agility by Automation

Broaden business agility via effective IT automation and management to eliminate time-consuming manual processes, siloed workflows, and risky, error-prone tasks for more consistent delivery and management of IT resources. Organizations that embrace this strategy will be able to automate the IT services lifecycle to rapidly configure, provision, test, deploy, migrate, update, and decommission infrastructure and applications. They can even turn infrastructure templates into blueprints that include networking and security profiles to create and deliver standardized services no matter where they deploy their workloads. Cloud Foundation speeds up the delivery of IT services (applications and infrastructure) by automating the core IT processes associated with service delivery. It does this in a way that provides a high level of flexibility and choice to developers and lines of business regarding how they access and experience these services.

Hybrid Cloud

Enable the ability to seamlessly extend and scale software-defined data centers to the public cloud. Customers benefit from the ability to deliver dynamic capacity, consolidate or migrate on-premises infrastructure, or develop and test new applications. This flexibility helps organizations gain the freedom to choose the best destination for their applications, whether they reside on or off premises. A common approach to both private and public clouds is imperative for a successful hybrid cloud strategy. With Cloud Foundation, customers can build a hybrid cloud that is consistent and simple to operate, compatible across on and off-premises environments and is ready to deploy VMs, containers and any next-generation application needs. VMware Cloud on AWS, powered by VMware Cloud Foundation, provides the market-leading example of combining private and public clouds to offer true Hybrid Cloud.

Next Generation Applications

Ensure the ability to build next-gen apps while maintaining existing applications by building an agile, flexible, enterprise-grade platform that supports traditional and cloud-native applications. Cloud Foundation supports VMware NSX-T, giving developers the option to use existing development methodologies alongside the latest container technologies and microservice-based architectures for faster and more frequent development—with the same management, security, reliability, and governance policies across their entire development ecosystem.

Most Robust Platform

Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Manage compute and storage as one to enable greater operational agility while deploying the foundation that future-proofs your infrastructure.

Comprehensive Virtualization

Achieve greater efficiency and VM density with the industry’s leading hypervisor.

Storage Efficiency

Take advantage of integrated storage that offers compression and deduplication with VMware vSAN.

Advanced Automation

Rapidly deploy ready-to-run infrastructure with Cloud Foundation’s advanced automation capabilities.

Lifecycle Management

Simplify and automate patching and upgrading with Cloud Foundation’s integrated Lifecycle Management.

Self Driving Operations

Plan, manage, and scale your hybrid cloud with application-aware monitoring and proactive workload management.

Internal Firewall

Leverage VMware NSX to provide in-depth network security to all workloads across your hybrid cloud.

Built-in Security

Take advantage of fully encrypted VMs in motion and at rest, and no dependency on a general-purpose operating system.

Broad Ecosystem

Deploy on vSAN ReadyNodes for your private clouds or, run Cloud Foundation as a service from select VMware Cloud Providers including VMware Cloud on AWS.

OmegaFi Gains an Integrated Cloud Platform using VMware Cloud Foundation


OmegaFi, a Georgia-based financial services company, needed an agile and secure infrastructure to quickly integrate with acquired companies. VMware Cloud Foundation gives OmegaFi an integrated cloud infrastructure platform, helping the company become an efficient, cost-effective service provider delivering mobility, cloud and security.


As a result, OmegaFi has realized:

  • Easier management and scalability accomplished with just one network admin
  • Enhanced security and simpler PCI compliance
  • 2.5x higher productivity during lifecycle management
  • 40 percent lower TCO compared to legacy three-tier environment

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*End of Availability of vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus is February 1, 2019


More Reasons to Choose VMware

CNRS uses VMware Cloud Foundation to help streamline servers, ensure infrastructure security, and environment deployment.

Infrastructure redesign helps a Nol-Tec operation achieve global scale by utilizing VMware Cloud Foundation and Workspace ONE.

Xavier University reduces costs, improves performance, and supports staff and faculty needs with VMware Cloud Foundation.

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IBM and Cloud Foundation

IBM delivers cloud services powered by VMware Cloud Foundation - VMware’s new unified platform for the hybrid cloud.

The Virtues of vSphere

VMware vSphere features a better architecture for better performance, scale and reliability. 


VMware invented x86 virtualization and is still innovating. Check out this in-depth comparison to Hyper-V and KVM to see how vSphere with Operations Management* leads the others.


*End of Availability of vSphere with Operations Management Enterprise Plus is February 1, 2019

Compare Costs

See for yourself! Compare the true costs of server virtualization and private cloud solutions from VMware and Microsoft.

The Best Platform for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

Drive radical efficiency gains with converged SDDC services in vSphere.

Better VM Density Reduces CapEx


Advanced vSphere memory management and efficiency let you run your workloads on fewer servers.


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A Superior Hypervisor


Reduce time spent validating and applying patches with the vSphere bare metal architecture. Break free from hypervisors built on a bloated general-purpose OS. 

What Press and Analysts Say 

Praise from Spiceworks

“VMware ESXi has amassed a user base that includes 73.1 percent of the organizations in Spiceworks, compared to a 22.5 percent adoption rate for Microsoft Hyper-V. Only 6 percent of organizations are using other hypervisors such as Xen.” 

The Perennial Virtualization Leader

Gartner has positioned VMware the furthest in the Leaders quadrant of the 2016 Magic Quadrant for x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure - a position we've held since the report’s inception.

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Strongest Vision for Network Virtualization

According to CRN, VMware is the only software company in Gartner's 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Networking, and we're ranked first in vision.

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