vCenter is a tool for the centralized management of the vSphere suite. It allows the management of multiple ESX/ESXi servers and VMs through a single-console application.
The VMware software stack consists of three layers: virtualization, management, and interface layers.
vCenter Server comes in two editions: Standard and Foundation. Foundation is designed for small- and middle-sized environments and is able to manage up to three hosts. Standard edition is for large vSphere deployments.
vCenter deployment consists of the following tasks: