The VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) is a very successful program with more than 4,000 participating partners. Many of these VCPP partners offer VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) based dedicated cloud services to enable their customers to enjoy the full benefit of hybrid cloud with maximum consistency between cloud and on-premise. VMware Cloud Director (VCD) is a solution that is available exclusively for cloud service providers via the VMware Cloud Provider Program (VCPP) to address their public and hybrid cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) use cases. VCD Release 10.1 has now been integrated with VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0 as was announced in this post in the VMware Cloud Provider Blog and detailed in this Technical Paper titled: Architectural Guidelines Powered by VMware Cloud Foundation 4.0.
VCD enables service providers to orchestrate the provisioning of Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) services as complete virtual data centers that are ready for service delivery at scale. VCD applies the principles of pooling, abstraction, and automation to all data center services such as storage, networking, and security. Using Cloud Director, service providers can deliver a shared SDDC infrastructure to multiple customers—that is, tenants—while keeping the resources of these tenants isolated from each other. Essentially, Cloud Director enables a complete multi-tenancy SDDC platform as one of its key architectural principles as shown in the figure below.
Figure 1: VCD deployed with VCF in Multi-Tenant Environment
VCF automates the deployment of vSphere, vCenter, NSX, and vSAN, all of which can serve as the foundational platform for VCD. Additionally, VMware Cloud Foundation orchestrates patch and upgrade management of these underlying infrastructure components in a fully automated way. There is a new technical paper available for integrating VCD on VCF for Service Provider markets and deployments that provides a detailed view of the operational and technical characteristics of deploying VMware Cloud Director deployed with VMware Cloud Foundation.