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VMware vCloud® Architecture Toolkit (vCAT): Technical and Operational Guidance for Cloud Success by VMware vCAT Team

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Foreword

One thing I’ve learned in my career is that architecture really matters. Bad implementations can be thrown away, but architectures last a long time—sometimes forever! Having a framework and set of principles to both guide and enable innovation can determine success, and a lack thereof almost certainly signals failure. An example I’m intimately familiar with is Intel’s x86 architecture. Putting the right framework in place has allowed the X86 design team to continue to create value and introduce new innovations to hundreds of millions of users to this day.

The VMware vCloud Architecture Toolkit (vCAT) serves a similar role for VMware. It provides the best of best practices that guide customers in assembling and operating a Cloud-capable, ...

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