The VMware Cloud Foundation Design for vRealize Suite Lifecycle and Access Management document contains a detailed design for adding and connecting VMware vRealize® Suite Lifecyce Manager™ and a clustered VMware Workspace ONE® Access™ instance to a VMware Cloud Foundation™ (also called VCF) environment.

VMware Cloud Foundation Design for vRealize Suite Lifecycle and Access Management 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.

In a VMware Cloud Foundation environment, you use vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation mode. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager communicates with each management domain vCenter Server in the SDDC to orchestrate the deployment, upgrade, and configuration drift analysis of vRealize Suite components. See vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Design.

The Workspace ONE Access deployment that is integrated with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides identity and access management services to vRealize Suite solutions that are local to the first VMware Cloud Foundation instance or that must be available across VMware Cloud Foundation instances, such as vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Automation. This Workspace ONE Access instance is deployed as a cluster behind a load balancer. See Workspace ONE Access Design.

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 in the design.

  • Single VMware Cloud Foundation instance with multiple availability zones (also known as stretched deployment). The default management cluster is stretched between two availability zones by using VMware vSAN™ and configuring vSphere DRS rules and BGP on the VMware 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 and customer components.

    The network design for each product assumes that you use cross-instance routing in VMware NSX-T™ Data Center for management components that require access across multiple instances of VMware Cloud Foundation.

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

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

Automation for This Design in VMware Cloud Foundation

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

Intended Audience

This design is intended for cloud architects who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to provide an application life cycle and content management solution for the vRealize Suite and a role-based access control solution using a central identity provider for VMware Cloud Foundation.

Required VMware Software

VMware Cloud Foundation Design for vRealize Suite Lifecycle and Access Management is compliant and validated with certain VMware Workspace ONE Access and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager product versions on VMware Cloud Foundation. See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.3 Release Notes.

Before You Apply This Guidance

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

To apply this design, you must be acquainted with the following documentation:

  • Getting Started with VMware Cloud Foundation

  • VMware Cloud Foundation Design for the Management Domain

  • Optionally, VMware Cloud Foundation Administration Guide

See the 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.