What is a vCloud Director?
VMware vCloud Director is a robust, multi-tenant (IAAS) infrastructure as service platform designed to consume compute, network and storage resources from data centers and in turn convert these resources into individual elastic units that can be provided as a service to and consumed by multiple tenants.


What is a vCloud Management cluster?

A management cluster containing core components and services needed to run the vCloud. This includes core vCloud components such as:

-VMware vCloud Director

-vCenter Server or vCenter Server appliance.

-vCenter Server database.

-vCloud Director cells.

-vCloud Director database.

-vShield Manager (one per resource group vCenter Server.)

-vCenter NSX network virtualization.

-vCenter Orchestrator

What is a vCloud resource group?
Resource groups represent dedicated resources for users consumption. Each resource group consists of ESXi hosts managed by a vCenter Server, and is under the control of vCloud Director.
*vCloud Director can manage the resources of multiple resource groups

What is VMware vSphere?
Virtualization platform providing abstraction of physical infrastructure layer for vCloud. Includes:
• VMware ESXi hosts.
• VMware vCenter Server.
• vCenter Server database.

What is VMware vSphere Orchestrator?
VMware vCenter Orchestrator enables the automation of provisioning and operational tasks across VMware and third party applications through an open and flexible plug-in
architecture.

What is VMware NSX Network Virtualization and Security Platform?

NSX enables the creation of entire networks in vCloud and embeds them in the hypervisor layer, abstracted from the underlying physical hardware. All network components can be provisioned in minutes.

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