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VMware vCloud Director* Reference Architecture

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VMware vCloud Director* Reference Architecture

Audience and Purpose

This reference architecture seeks to simplify the deployment and operation of a cloud. We built a cloud with VMware vCloud* and the Intel® Xeon® processor-based server platforms and documented the work involved with this particular cloud configuration.

The content is targeted to IT professionals responsible for the design, implementation, validation, and utilization of cloud structures. We describe details on the hardware configuration, software configuration, and results from specific test cases we implemented that demonstrate basic operational capabilities. This paper should complement product documentation as is provided as a starting point for the actual development of an enterprise or service provider cloud.

Executive Summary

To break the trend of ever-increasing demand for compute resources and the resultant rise in operational costs, a new model for IT services has emerged-cloud computing. Cloud computing is an approach to computing that utilizes the efficient pooling of an on-demand, self-managed virtual infrastructure, consumed as a service. This approach abstracts applications and information from the complexity of infrastructure, so IT can support and enable business value. Cloud computing architectures are built on the foundation of virtualization, and as the customer-proven leader in virtualization, VMware helps to chart the course to cloud computing. VMware works in concert with Intel and other industry leaders to help businesses of all sizes migrate to secure cloud computing in order to establish a new era in IT that finally addresses the compounded problems of IT cost and complexity. VMware’s proven technology is a logical starting point to develop cloud reference architectures.

Read the full VMware vCloud Director* Reference Architecture Guide.