vCenter Server is Simplified and Efficient Server Management Software

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.


What vCenter Server Does 

Simple Deployment

Quickly deploy vCenter Server as a pre-packaged, optimized, and easy-to-maintain virtual appliance. Integration of VMware vSphere Update Manager into vCenter Server Appliance makes patching and upgrading fast and easy. RESTful APIs allow for the easily repeatable deployment of vCenter Server Appliance from a template, speeding up deployment times as well as reducing human error. Migrate from complex vCenter Server with External PSC topologies into an easier-to-manage simplified architecture of vCenter Server with Embedded PSC using the vCenter Server Converge Tool.


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

*This feature is available for Log Insight versions up to 4.6, until the End of General Support of vRealize Log Insight 4.6 on August 23, 2019. For more information, see the FAQ.



Big Cloud Fabric Integration with 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 vSphere Client.

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IBM Storage Resources Within the VMware Environment

VMware administrators and users will benefit from IBM Storage's vCenter Server vSphere 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 pre-packaged, optimized, and easy-to-maintain virtual appliance. RESTful APIs allow for the easily repeatable deployment of vCenter Server Appliance from a template, speeding up deployment times as well as reducing human error.

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 Server 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 Across Hybrid Cloud

Improved large-scale management: Manage up to 2,000 hosts and 35,000 virtual machines with a single vCenter Server instance. With Enhanced Linked Mode, you can manage up to 70,000 virtual machines and 5,000 hosts across 15 vCenter Server instances. Use vSphere HA and DRS clusters to support up to 64 hosts and 8,000 virtual machines.

Enhanced 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 Server topology with vCenter Server Appliance and the Embedded Platform Services Controller in Enhanced Linked Mode. Link multiple vCenter Server Appliances and increase visibility without using costly 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 Server 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 HA and recovery time objective 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 Server Appliance to a set of files, via industry-standard protocols, while vCenter Server 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 Server Appliance backups and control the number of backups retained.

Plug-in Extensibility

vSphere Client Plug-ins
vSphere 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 vSphere 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 Server.
VMware launched the vSphere 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 vCenter Server Appliance scalability. Customers will be able to distinguish certified vSphere Client Plug-ins because only certified Plug-ins will carry the "VMware-ready" logo.

Certified vSphere Web Client plug-ins:
- Dell EMC OpenManagement Integration for VMware vCenter
- Huawei Technologies Storage NGC (Flex and HTML 5)
- IBM Storage Enhancements for vSphere
- IBM Spectrum Protect vSphere Web Client
- Infinidat Powertools (HTML 5)
- Lenovo XClarity Integrator for VMware vCenter
- NimbleStorage vSphere Web Client
- StorMagic


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

vCenter Server Standard is the best choice for most environments while vCenter Server Foundation is for small environments with up to 4 ESXi hosts.

vCenter Server Standard customers are entitled to 25 log streams of vRealize Log Insight for vCenter Server. This feature is available for Log Insight versions up to 4.6, until the End of General Support of vRealize Log Insight 4.6 on August 23, 2019. 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.