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Implementing VMware vCenter Server by Konstantin Kuminsky

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vSphere component layers

The VMware software stack consists of three layers: virtualization, management, and interface. The relationship between these layers is shown in the following figure:

vSphere component layers

The virtualization layer of VMware vSphere consists of infrastructure services and application services. Infrastructure services abstract, aggregate, and allocate all hardware and other resources. Infrastructure services include:

  • Compute services: These services are VMware capabilities that abstract away from underlying server resources. Compute services also aggregate these resources across many servers and assign them to consumers such as virtual machines. ...

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