VMware Cloud Foundation can scale up from a set of four or seven initial nodes, in increments as small as one server, up to thousands of servers in a single Cloud Foundation environment. The physical compute, storage, and network infrastructure becomes part of a single shared pool of virtual resources that is managed as one system using SDDC Manager, removing any physical constraints of a single physical server or rack. From this shared pool, customers can carve out separate workload domains, each with its own set of specified CPU, memory, and storage requirements to support various workloads.
Workload domains are a policy-driven approach for defining performance, availability, and security parameters. SDDC Manager automatically implements a deployment workflow to translate the workload domain specifications into the underlying pool of resources. Through the automation of tasks and workflows, SDDC Manager simplifies provisioning, monitoring, and ongoing management of both logical and physical resources of VMware Cloud Foundation.