VMware is updating Cloud Foundation, its software defined data center (SDDC) platform for running clouds, to offer integrated cloud management services via the vRealize Suite of tools.

The new integration will allow for the intelligent operations of applications that sit on Cloud Foundation’s infrastructure, and it brings in cloud automation — “two key capabilities expected of any cloud provider,” Matt Herreras, a director of product marketing for VMware, told ZDNet.

VMware has been focused on establishing the company as the go-to hybrid cloud facilitator, and Cloud Foundation — introduced about a year ago — is “really the key to all of that,” Herreras said.

By unifying the existing elements of Cloud Foundation with the cloud management capabilities of the vRealize suite, “that allows us to broadly address both the private cloud… and the public cloud context,” Herreras said. “It’s dramatically simplified — not just deployment but also [customers’] consumption and ongoing operations in the day-to-day environment.”

Previously, customers could deploy vRealize tools or other cloud automation products on top of Cloud Foundation, leaving ongoing cloud configuration and maintenance as something that had to be managed separately. With version 2.3 of Cloud Foundation, customers will be able to use the platform to deploy a variety of applications and services, including on-premise legacy applications and cloud-native applications, to serve their lines of business.

Specifically, version 2.3 of Cloud Foundation is delivering automated IaaS via vRealize Automation,…

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