VMware products provide the virtualization and management capabilities required for the vCloud Suite foundation. You should consider the design choices that are available to you.

Virtualization and management components are the core of the software-defined data center. For organizations of all sizes, they reduce costs and increase agility. Establishing a robust foundation for your datacenter requires you to install and configure vCenter Server and ESXi, as well as supporting components.

Design decisions for the virtualization component of the software-defined data center must address the deployment and support specifics of ESXi and vCenter Server.

As virtualization and cloud computing become more popular in the data center, a shift in the traditional three-tier networking model is taking place. The traditional core-aggregate-access model is being replaced by the leaf and spine design.

A proper storage design provides the basis for a virtual data center that performs well.