The VMware Cloud Foundation Design for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain document contains a design model for a virtual infrastructure (VI) workload domain of a VMware Cloud Foundation™ instance (also called VCF) that is based on the industry best practices for SDDC implementation..

VMware Cloud Foundation Design for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain provides the available design options according to the supported configuration by VMware Cloud Foundation, and a set of design decisions to justify the path that you select for building each component.

VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment Options in This Design

This design guidance is for the standard architecture model of VMware Cloud Foundation. By following the guidance, you can examine the design for these deployment options:

  • Single VMware Cloud Foundation instance. This is the default configuration of the design.

  • Single VMware Cloud Foundation instance with multiple availability zones (also known as stretched deployment). A cluster in the VI workload domain that is shared between the NSX edge nodes and the customer workloads is stretched between two availability zones by using vSAN and configuring vSphere DRS rules and BGP on the NSX Edge nodes accordingly.

  • Multiple VMware Cloud Foundation instances. You deploy several instances of VMware Cloud Foundation, using NSX Federation for cross-instance services to SDDC management components, and connecting the instances in a federation by using multi-instance management in VMware Cloud Foundation.

  • Multiple VMware Cloud Foundation with multiple availability zones. You apply the configuration for the stretched cluster in the VI workload domain for a single VMware Cloud Foundation instance to one or more VMware Cloud Foundation instances in your environment.

In certain areas, configuration and design decision alternatives for each deployment option are available.

Automation for This Design in VMware Cloud Foundation

The configuration tasks for the majority of the design decisions are automated by VMware Cloud Foundation. You must perform the configuration manually only for a limited number of decisions as noted in the design implication.

Intended Audience

VMware Cloud Foundation Design for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain document is intended for cloud architects who are familiar with and want to use VMware Cloud Foundation to deploy and manage an SDDC that meets the requirements for capacity, scalability, backup and restore, and extensibility for disaster recovery support.

Required VMware Software

VMware Cloud Foundation Design for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 Release Notes.

Before You Apply This Guidance

The sequence of the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation follows the stages for implementing and maintaining an SDDC.

To apply VMware Cloud Foundation Design for a Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain, you must be acquainted with the Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation and VMware Cloud Foundation Design for the Management Domaindocumentation. See VMware Cloud Foundation documentation.

VMware Cloud Foundation Glossary

See the VMware Cloud Foundation Glossary for constructs, operations, and other terms specific to VMware Cloud Foundation.