To provision and manage physical machines, vCloud Automation Center communicates directly with each system’s management interface to run actions such as OS installation, rebooting, and reprovisioning.

By directly provisioning an operating system on a physical system using the hardware’s management interface, machine requesters and administrators can standardize, customize, use, track, manage and decommission physical machines in the same manner as virtual and cloud machines.

You can provision a virtual machine on a single virtualization compute resource and you can provision cloud machines within a single cloud service account. One physical machine represents one hardware system. But you provision, use, and manage virtual, cloud, and physical machines in much the same way.