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As part of the Cloud Infrastructure and Management Center of Excellence Team who worked on this project we are glad to announce the release of the new vCloud Architecture Toolkit. Amongst many enhancements, this version covers vCenter Orchestrator best practices that have been proven in real-world enterprise and service provider cloud deployments.

Official announcement:

On Monday August 29, 2011 VMware is releasing version 2.0 of the VMware vCloud Architecture Tookit (vCAT).  vCAT is designed to help customers construct a working VMware vCloud solution leveraging technologies, best-practices and tools that have been proven in real-world enterprise and service provider cloud deployments.  It provides the foundation for building enterprise, service provider and hybrid clouds with a detailed explanation of architectural elements, component details and examples of working VMware vCloud deployments.
To date VMware customers and vCloud Powered Service Providers around the globe have used vCAT to guide their vCloud deployments and offer technical validation, saving them both time and money. vCAT has also been essential for VMware VSPP partners, serving as the foundation for the design and architecture of VSPP Cloud environments, and offering technical validation for Service Providers who desire to partner with VMware.
Version 2.0 of the Toolkit has been expanded to provide more detail on operational and organization considerations for building and running a VMware vCloud, design guidelines and examples to help customers build hybrid cloud environments, and updated to reflect the latest product releases from VMware – including vSphere 5 and vCloud Director 1.5.


To learn more, and download the Toolkit, visit the vCAT Toolkit page.