With the Advanced Service Designer, service architects can create advanced services and publish them as catalog items.

With advanced services, you can provide anything as a service using the capabilities of VMware vCenter Orchestrator. For example, you can create a service that allows a user to request a backup of a database. After completing and submitting a backup request, the user receives a backup file of the database they specified.

With the Advanced Service Designer, a service architect can create custom resource types mapped to vCenter Orchestrator object types and define them as items to be provisioned. A service architect can then create blueprints from vCenter Orchestrator workflows and publish the blueprints as catalog items. The vCenter Orchestrator workflows can be either predefined or independently developed by workflow developers.

You can also use the Advanced Service Designer to design additional actions that the consumer of the service can perform on the provisioned items. These additional actions are connected to vCenter Orchestrator workflows and take the provisioned item as input to the workflow. To use this function for items provisioned by sources other than the Advanced Service Designer, you must create resource mappings to define their resource types in vCenter Orchestrator.

For more information about vCenter Orchestrator and its capabilities, see the vCenter Orchestrator documentation.