Sep 20

VMware SDDC Technical Whiteboard

Trying something different…the VMware software-defined datacenter story in a whiteboard. The whiteboard walks you through the evolution of datacenters…from basic virtualization (vSphere) to an optimized, application-centric, ultra efficient, highly automated and governed SDDC.

Rating: 5/5

Nov 15

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 Release Notes

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 | 15 NOV 2016
Check for additions and updates to these release notes.

What’s in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

  • About VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2
  • VMware Software Components in the Validated Design
  • What’s New
  • Content Updates
  • Internationalization
  • Compatibility
  • Installation
  • Update Procedure from Version 3.0
  • Caveats and Limitations
  • Known Issues
  • Resolved Issues

About VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2

VMware Validated Designs provide a set of prescriptive documents that explain how to plan, deploy, and configure a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The architecture, the detailed design, and the deployment guides provide instructions about configuring a dual-region SDDC.

VMware Validated Designs are tested by VMware to ensure that all components and their individual versions work together, scale, and perform as expected. Unlike Reference Architectures which focus on an individual product or purpose, a VMware Validated Design is a holistic approach to design, encompassing many products in a full stack for a broad set of use case scenarios in an SDDC.

This VMware Validated Design supports a number of use cases and is optimized for integration, expansion, day 2 operations, as well as future upgrades and updates. As new products are introduced, and new versions of existing products are released, VMware continues to qualify the cross-compatibility and upgrade paths of the VMware Validated Designs. Designing with a VMware Validated Design ensures that future upgrade and expansion options are available and supported.

VMware Software Components in the Validated Design

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 is based on a set of individual VMware products with different versions that are available in a common downloadable package.
VMware vSphere product group and versions

VMware makes available patches and releases to address critical security issues for several products. Verify that you are using the latest security patches for a given component when deploying VMware Validated Design.

VMware Solution Exchange and in-product marketplace store only the latest versions of the management packs for vRealize Operations Manager and the content packs for vRealize Log Insight. This table contains the latest versions of the packs that were available at the time this VMware Validated Design was validated. When you deploy the VMware Validated Design components, it is possible that the version of a management or content pack on VMware Solution Exchange and in-product marketplace is newer than the one used for this release.

What’s New

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0.2 provides an updated Bill of Materials that incorporates new product versions.

Detailed upgrade procedure from VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 3.0 to 3.0.2 is provided as part of this release notes document.

Content Updates

Some steps are slightly different than those described in the VMware Validated Design 3.0 guides because the 3.0.2 release includes updated product versions. This section identifies procedural changes to be aware of and apply as you read the guides.

VMware Validated Design Reference Architecture
Inter-region connectivity requirements

The specific design of your deployment’s inter-region connectivity is out of scope for the VMware Validated Design. However, your design must support jumbo frames with an MTU of 9000, and consistent round trip latency of less than 150 ms. For information on the requirements for region inter-connectivity, see NSX-V Multi-site Options and Cross-VC NSX Design Guide.

vRealize Operations Manager Design
The original design document recommends you to see a VMware Knowledge Base article for sizing details. For the updated information about sizing compute resources for vRealize Operations Manager 6.3, see VMware Knowledge Base article 2146615.

VMware Validated Design Deployment Guide for Region A
The installation procedures for vRealize Automation 7.1, vRealize Orchestrator 7.1, vRealize Business for Cloud 7.1, and CertGenVVD 3.0 have minor changes. Please make note of these changes when deploying the software.

Rating: 5/5

Aug 30

VMware Validated Design for SDDC – Software-Defined Networking Demo

The VMware Validated Design for SDDC is a blueprint for the private cloud that results in an SDDC that is consistent, thoroughly documented, extensively tested from end-to-end, and continuously validated to incorporate new releases of software components. VMware NSX reproduces the complete set of Layer 2 through 7 networking services in software. This includes: switching, routing, access control, firewalling and load balancing. In this video, we will demonstrate the configuration of VMware NSX for use in this design. This demo focuses primarily on the configuration in management stack. Learn more about VMware Validated Designs at or follow updates on Twitter @VMwareSDDC

Rating: 5/5