Virtualization layer VMware vSphere is the virtualization platform that provides the foundation for the private cloud. Child TopicsVirtualization componentsThe core VMware vSphere components are the VMware vSphere ESXi and VMware vCenter Server for management. VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXiThe VMware vSphere Hypervisor ESXi runs on the Management Appliance and Converged Systemss servers using VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus. VMware vCenter Server VMware vCenter Server is a central management point for the hypervisors and VMs. VMware vCenter Server 6.5 resides on the VMware vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA).