VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail, part of Dell Technologies Cloud Platform, provides the simplest path to the hybrid cloud through a fully integrated hybrid cloud platform that leverages native VxRail hardware and software capabilities and other VxRail unique integrations (such as vCenter plug-ins and Dell EMC Networking integration) to deliver a turnkey hybrid cloud user experience with full stack integration. Full stack integration means that customers get both the HCI infrastructure layer and cloud software stack in one complete, automated lifecycle, turnkey experience. The platform delivers a set of software defined services for compute (with vSphere and vCenter), storage (with vSAN), networking (with NSX), security, and cloud management (with vRealize Suite) in both private or public environments making it the operational hub for their hybrid cloud as shown in Figure 2.
VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail makes operating the data center fundamentally simpler by bringing the ease and automation of the public cloud in-house by deploying a standardized and validated network flexible architecture with built-in lifecycle automation for the entire cloud infrastructure stack including hardware. SDDC Manager orchestrates the deployment, configuration, and lifecycle management (LCM) of vCenter, NSX, and vRealize Suite above the ESXi and vSAN layers of VxRail. It unifies multiple VxRail clusters as workload domains or as multi-cluster workload domains. Integrated with the SDDC Manager management experience, VxRail Manager is used to deploy, configure vSphere clusters powered by vSAN. It is also used to execute the lifecycle management of ESXi, vSAN, and HW firmware using a fully integrated and seamless SDDC Manager orchestrated process. It monitors the health of hardware components and provides remote service support as well. This level of integration is what gives customers a truly unique turnkey hybrid cloud experience not available on any other infrastructure—all of this with single-vendor support through Dell Technologies.
VMware Cloud Foundation on Dell EMC VxRail provides a consistent hybrid cloud unifying customer public and private cloud platforms under a common operating environment and management framework. Customers can operate both their public and private platforms using one set of tools and processes, with a single management view and provisioning process across both platforms. This consistency allows for easy portability of applications.
Figure 2. VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail high-level architecture
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