Deliver Complete Software-Defined Services as Virtual Datacenters
VMware vCloud Director applies the principles of pooling, abstraction and automation to all datacenter services like storage, networking, and security. By dramatically simplifying the provisioning of these services, VMware enables IT to provision complete and operationally ready infrastructure without worrying about the physical configuration of hardware.
The virtual datacenter is a new logical container that provides all infrastructure services necessary to make workloads operational in minutes. Applications provisioned into these elastic containers are automatically placed in the most optimal vCenter Server cluster, alleviating IT overhead around balancing server capacity.
Multiple resource allocation models define how virtual datacenter resources are consumed by different teams and organizations. Resources can be reserved for guaranteed availability or consumed “as you go” for maximum efficiency.
Enable Infrastructure for Consumption in Minutes
vCloud Director accelerates and simplifies access to infrastructure. Open Virtualization Format-based vApp templates of multi-tier applications are made available in web-based catalogs for rapid deployment. vApp templates capture requirements for compute, storage, networking, and other custom guest data so that the resources can be dynamically provisioned from aggregate software-defined resource pools to meet those requirements. This template-based approach also enables applications to be flexibly ported between datacenters.
vCloud Director also leverages vSphere technology like linked clones and snapshots to dramatically expedite access to infrastructure. Linked clone technology links instances of running VMs back to their original template to avoid wait times for additional storage. Snapshots enable end-users to unwind changes made to a virtual machine without having to re-provision. This faster infrastructure delivery is also available to 3rd party technology alliance partners through an expanded API and SDK.
Trust Your Infrastructure-as-a-Service
vCloud Director leverages a policy-driven approach to provisioning that embeds software-defined security and resource consumption controls so that pre-configured IT policies are automatically enforced. vCloud Director integrates network edge security into virtual datacenters so that organization administrators can directly configure and deploy gateway security services. vCenter Single-Sign-On enables SAML tokens generated by any identity provider to be used to login to vCloud Director.
Beyond security, vCloud Director enables authorized consumption using a flexible role-based access control model that enables different users to have different levels of functional access within vCloud Director. Quotas, leases, and limits can also be set to limit consumption that exceeds prescribed boundaries. Integration with VMware vCenter Chargeback Manager enables consumption within vCloud Director to be fully accounted for both showback visibility and chargeback billing.