The number of vCloud Suite components in the management cluster increases as you add capabilities. A management cluster can contain a minimal set of products, and you expand it as needed.

Typically, you deploy more vCloud Suite components in the management cluster than you do in other types of clusters.

VMware products in the management cluster
Management cluster

Minimal set of components

An example set of VMware products required for the management cluster always includes a vCenter Server instance. vCenter Orchestrator is a vCloud Suite component that you should deploy at early stage, in order to prepare the environment for IaaS and PaaS capabilities.

Extended set of components

As the complexity of the environment increases, you install and configure additional products. vCenter Operations Manager and related products provide advanced monitoring features. vCloud Automation Center is the key element of your IaaS solution. A vCenter Site Recovery Manager instance provides replication to a secondary site.