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SDDC Foundation

The new VMware Software-Defined Data Center Foundation program from VMware Ecosystem Services provides tools and resources for TAP partners to certify their server and storage hardware as fully interoperable with ESXi, and to obtain official support for their hardware.


Key Benefits

Development Resources

SDDC Foundation program access includes tools and resources needed during the development and release phases. As a member of this program, you will be provided with up to date product communications on VMware vSphere release dates, certification policies, and product features. The program includes Server certification, Drive qualification, and Storage Hardware certification that includes VAAI for Block devices. 


The program includes access to the program's Certification Kits, allowing partners to test the reliability and stability of their product/solution to meet VMware Certification listing requirements. VMware verifies that the test results support the partner during the certification process. Upon successful certification, partners work with Ecosystem Services to update the VMware Compatibility Guide entry on

VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) posting

Once the partner's product is certified under the terms of the program, it is listed in the VMware Compatibility Guide and partners may use the VMware Ready™ logo in product collateral.

Program communication

Ongoing program communications pertaining to updated development kit and milestones.

Access to Maintenance Releases

Membership in this program is a yearly subscription. Partners are entitled to vSphere and vCenter update releases as well as development and certification kit refreshes for the duration of their participation in the program. Additionally, the program allows for access to early versions of vSphere for the purpose of development and testing.

Program Requirements

This program is governed by the following requirements:

  • Maintain current TAP membership status for program participation
  • Fully executed VMware SDDC Foundation program addendum
  • Adherence to product support requirements as documented in the respective Program Guides
  • TSANet membership and an entry in the VMware custom TSANet portal
  • General support on VMware vSphere features is purchased separately


SDDC Foundation Pricing


Maintain current TAP membership
SDDC Foundation  Included with TAP membership


SDDC Foundation Packages

Server Certification

The Server Certification package provides tools and development resources designed to enable TAP partners to get their hardware devices tested against ESXi and obtain official certification and support.

Storage Hardware Certification

The Storage Certification package provides tools and development resources designed to enable TAP partners to get their Storage Array tested against ESXi and obtain official certification and support.

Compare Software-Defined Data Center Programs

VMware Ecosystem Services currently offers two Software-Defined Data Center programs:

  • SDDC Foundation, for basic server and storage hardware certification
  • SDDC Integration, for creating complex hardware and software solutions, includes all the packages in the SDDC Foundation program along with many other development and certification resources

Use the table below to determine which program is right for you and to learn more about each package.

Documentation and Reference