VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) is VMware’s unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud and it’s based on VMware’s compute, storage, and network virtualization technologies to deliver a native integrated software stack that can be used on-premises for private cloud deployment or run as a service from the public cloud with consistent and simple operations.

The core components of VMware Cloud Foundation are VMware vSphere (for the compute part), vSAN (for the storage part), and NSX DataCenter (in version -v or -T, for the network and security part).

It’s more than a simple products bundle, because it gives a full validate stack with a fast provisioning, but also a better lifecycle management.

VMware Cloud Foundation comes also with VMware SDDC Manager that automates the entire system life cycle and simplifies software operations for the entire stack. SDDC Manager can automate the deployment, configuration, and ongoing lifecycle of a complete SDDC, including the complex tasks of update and upgrade.

And it’s not limited only to the main three product, but includes several other VMware’s products.

The Cloud Foundation 3.9.1 release continues to expand on the SDDC automation, VMware SDDC stack, and the partner ecosystem.

The VMware Cloud Foundation 3.9.1 release includes the following:

  • Application Virtual Networks (AVNs): Enable vRealize Suite deployment in NSX overlay networks. AVNs provide benefits for portability and failover for planned migration or disaster recovery. New installations of Cloud Foundation 3.9.1 use AVNs for vRealize Suite components. If you upgrade to Cloud Foundation 3.9.1, vRealize Suite components get deployed on a VLAN-backed Distributed Port Group by default. To enable AVNs and migrate vRealize Suite components to these networks for an upgraded system, contact VMware Support.For more information about AVNs, see http://blogs.vmware.com/cloud-foundation/2020/01/14/application-virtual-networks-with-VCF.
  • API support for multiple physical NICs and multiple distributed Switches: The API now supports multiple combinations of vSphere Distributed Switches (vDS) and N-VDS switches using up to six physical NICs, providing more flexibility to support high performance use cases and physical traffic separation.
  • Cloud Builder improvements: The Cloud Builder UI includes several workflow improvements and provides access to a deployment report that details the tasks performed during bring-up.
  • Developer Center: Enables you to access Cloud Foundation APIs and code samples from the SDDC Manager Dashboard.
  • BOM Updates for the 3.9.1 Release: Updated Bill of Materials with new product versions.

The Cloud Foundation software product is comprised of the following software Bill-of-Materials (BOM). The components in the BOM are interoperable and compatible.

Software ComponentVersionDateBuild Number
Cloud Builder VM2.2.1.014 JAN 202015345960
SDDC Manager3.9.114 JAN 202015345960
VMware vCenter Server Appliance6.7 Update3b05 DEC 201915132721
VMware ESXi6.7 Update 3b05 DEC 201915160138
VMware vSAN6.7 Update 3b05 DEC 201914840357
VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere6.4.610 OCT 201914819921
VMware NSX-T Data Center2.519 SEP 201914663974
VMware Enterprise PKS1.520 AUG 201914878150
VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager2.1 Patch 202 JUL 201914062628
VMware vRealize Log Insight4.811 APR 201913036238
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX for vSphere3.9n/an/a
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Linux2.0.1n/an/a
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Automation 7.5+1.0n/an/a
vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1+2.1n/an/a
vRealize Log insight Content Pack for NSX-T3.8.2n/an/a
vSAN Content Pack for Log Insight2.2n/an/a
vRealize Operations Manager7.511 APR 201913165949
vRealize Automation7.611 APR 201913027280
VMware Horizon 77.10.017 SEP 201914584133

NOTE: You can install Cloud Foundation 3.9.1 as a new release or upgrade from VMware Cloud Foundation 3.9.
In addition to the release notes, see the VMware Cloud Foundation Upgrade Guide for information about the upgrade process.