VMware Aria Automation and VMware Aria Operations can work together to optimally place deployment workloads.

You enable workload placement at the vSphere based cloud zone level. Only Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) enabled clusters of a cloud zone are eligible for advanced placement using VMware Aria Operations.

  • VMware Aria Automation placement—The VMware Aria Automation placement engine is application intent based. It considers tag-based constraints, project membership and the associated cloud zones, and affinity filters related to network, storage, and compute. Resource placement depends on all of these factors plus the presence of other, related target resources in the same deployment.

  • VMware Aria Operations placement—VMware Aria Operations considers operational intent for optimal placement. Operational intent can take past workloads and future, what-if predictions into account.

    When using advanced workload placement, you must apply VMware Aria Automation tagging in order to implement business intent decisions, instead of using the VMware Aria Operations business intent options.

When integrating with VMware Aria Operations, VMware Aria Automation continues to follow its application intent model and its related constraints to filter for target placement. Then, from within those results, it uses the VMware Aria Operations recommendation to further refine placement.

In the absence of a recommendation

If you enable advanced workload placement, and VMware Aria Operations analysis returns no recommendations, you may configure VMware Aria Automation to fall back to its default, application intent placement.