The VMware vFabric Data Director Administrator and User Guide describes the features of VMware® vFabric Data Director.

VMware vFabric Data Director is an enterprise class database-as-a-service (DBaaS) solution on VMware vSphere that provides self-service lifecycle management for heterogeneous databases. The solution includes the following features.

Database creation, cloning, backup, and restore.

Flexible, policy-based resource management.

Resource isolation within organizations and within databases.

Security policy implementation through role-based access control.

Database ingestion.

Self-service database lifecycle management enables administrators to create databases, manage schemas, configure backups, perform restores, clone databases for testing and development, scale up database sizes, and decommission databases. Administrators can assign permissions to perform these functions to others, such as application developers, QA (test), and production engineers.

Customizable templates for database configuration and backups simplifies database creation and resource allocation, enabling administrators to control database parameters and enforce resource allocation policies.

Administrators perform the following types of tasks.

Create organizations and database groups.

Allocate resources.

Create database templates.

Create, clone, backup and restore databases.

Monitor the Data Director environment.

Administrators also manage users and roles by assigning various permissions to enable users to perform specific database management tasks.

This document is for administrators any user to whom an administrator might grant database permissions.

System administrators use this document to learn how to manage and monitor a Data Director environment.

Organization administrators use this document to learn how to manage and monitor database groups and databases.

Application developers use this document to learn how to create, manage and monitor databases.

Application developers, QA and production engineers, and others use this document to learn how to perform functions for which they have been granted permissions.