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VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) is VMware’s unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud and it’s based on VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization technologies to deliver a native integrated software stack that can be used on-premises for private cloud deployment or run as a service from the public cloud with consistent and simple operations.

The core components of VMware Cloud Foundation are VMware vSphere (for the compute part), vSAN (for the storage part), and NSX DataCenter (in version -v or -T, for the network and security part).

It’s more than a simple products bundle, because it gives a full validate stack with a fast provisioning, but also a better lifecycle management.

VMware Cloud Foundation comes also with VMware SDDC Manager that automates the entire system life cycle and simplifies software operations for the entire stack. SDDC Manager can automate the deployment, configuration, and ongoing lifecycle of a complete SDDC, including the complex tasks of update and upgrade.

And it’s not limited only to the main three product, but includes several other VMware’s products.

The new VMware Cloud Foundation 3.7 includes:

VMware products included in Cloud Foundation 3.7

The complete Cloud Foundation 3.7 software BOM can be found in the VMware Cloud Foundation 3.7 Release Notes.

A big news of this new version is Horizon 7.7, not only included as a component, but VMware SDDC Manager can also automate the deployment and configuration of the Horizon infrastructure.

For NSX-v and NSX-T, in VMware Cloud Foundation 3.5 was introduced the possibility of both to co-exist in different Workload Domains:

To make this Composable Infrastructure more flexible there is also an integration with Dell EMC VxRail.

VMware and Dell EMC co-engineered the integration between VxRail hyperconverged appliances and VMware Cloud Foundation, building a vCenter Plugin that make possible to merge the capabilities of VxRail Manager and VMware SDDC Manager.

But what is a Composable Infrastructure? Basically, it’s a partner agnostic architecture and design from VCF perspective.

Is an addition the Converged and Hyperconverged architectures and models:

  • Converged: it’s a preconfigured package of software and hardware in a single unit, designed for a specific application or workload.
  • Hyperconverged: it adds deeper levels of abstraction and greater levels of automation for easy-to-consume infrastructure capacity. Software-defined elements are implemented virtually, with integration into the hypervisor environment.
  • Composable: it’s a fluid pool of computing, storage and network resources with a simplified platform management were resources can be provisioned and reconfigured on demand.

VFC was usually an hyperconverged architecture, but now there is a new option.

A VFC composable infrastructure is a brand new composability service developed against the Redfish framework to provide a standard and centralized management interterface:

For more information on Cloud Foundation 3.7 see Announcing VMware Cloud Foundation 3.7 General Availability.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (3093 Posts)

Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-18. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-18. Nutanix NTC 2014-18. PernixPro 2014-16. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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