4. Organization Catalogs
4. Organization Catalogs
An organization catalog is a container for vApp templates and media files. Detailed information about organization catalogs is available in the VMware vCloud Director Documentation (https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vcd_pubs.html).
The following figure shows two views of a sample published catalog. The vApp templates are visible from the vApp Template tab, and the media files are visible from the Media tab.
Figure 3. vApp Templates and Media Files in a Catalog
Organizations can offer the following types of service catalogs to their users or customers:
*A vCloud service catalogIncludes predefined vApps, virtual machines, and images (operating systems and applications) that users can deploy within an organization.
*An operational service catalog – Includes operational features such as development of a vCloud service catalog, backup and recovery services, archival services, managed services, and migration services.
The following sections focus on the vCloud service catalog and include design considerations for organizations and their virtual datacenters as well as their service catalogs. Catalogs can grow exponentially with the permutation and combination of guest operating system versions, service packs and patch levels, as well as any installed applications or configurations and their version levels. VMware vFabric™ Application Director can address the growing number of vApp templates in catalogs.