The Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution provides information on the use of a network analysis tool, that helps you build an optimized, highly available and secure network infrastructure. The solution provides network visibility and analytics to accelerate micro-segmentation security, minimize risk during application migration, optimize network performance, and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX, VMware SD-WAN, and Kubernetes deployments.

A VMware validated solution is a well-architected and validated implementation, built and tested by VMware and VMware partners to help customers deliver common business use cases. VMware validated solutions are operational, cost-effective, reliable, and secure. Each solution contains a detailed design, implementation, and operational guidance.

Automation for This Design in VMware Cloud Foundation

VMware Cloud Foundation™ SDDC Manager® automates the implementation tasks for this design. For the rest of the design decisions, as noted in the design implications, you must perform the implementation steps manually.

To provide a fast and efficient path to automating the Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation implementation, this document provides Microsoft PowerShell cmdlets using an open-source module as code-based alternatives to completing certain procedures in each SDDC component's user interface. You can directly reuse the PowerShell commands by replacing the provided sample values with values from your VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

For additional information, see PowerShell Module for VMware Validated Solutions.

Intended Audience

The Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is intended for cloud architects and administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware Software and an Intelligent Network Visibility solution for VMware Cloud Foundation.

Support Matrix

The Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is compatible is compatible with these specific versions of VMware products.
Table 1. Software Components in Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation
VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Product Group

Component Versions

5.1.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.1.0 Release Notes

Solution-added products

VMware Aria Operations for Networks6.11

VMware Aria Suite Lifecycle 8.14.0

5.0

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 5.0 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Aria Operations for Networks 6.11

4.5.2

Products part of VMware Cloud Foundation

See VMware Cloud Foundation 4.5.2 Release Notes.

Solution-added products

VMware Aria Operations for Networks6.11

Before You Apply This Guidance

To design and implement the Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, your environment must have a certain configuration.

Table 2. Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment

VI Workload Domain / Component

Deployment Details

Management domain

Automated deployment using VMware Cloud Builder™.

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

One or more virtual infrastructure (VI) workload domains

Automated deployment by using SDDC Manager

See the following VMware Cloud Foundation Documentation:

VMware Cloud Foundation integrated with Active Directory

Manual or PowerShell automated configuration of Active Directory over LDAP.

See the Identity and Access Management for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution.

Overview of Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation

By applying the Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution, you implement centralized intelligent network visibility for the components of VMware Cloud Foundation.

Table 3. Implementation Overview of Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation

Stage

Steps

1. Plan and prepare the VMware Cloud Foundation environment.

Work with the technology team of your organization to configure the physical servers, network, and storage in the data center. Collect the environment details and write them down in the VMware Cloud Foundation Planning and Preparation Workbook.

2. Provide centralized network visibility and analytics to management and workload components of VMware Cloud Foundation.

  1. Deploy a VMware Aria Operations for Networks Platform Node.
  2. Add VMware Aria Operations for Networks Collector Node in each VMware Cloud Foundation instance.
  3. Configure data sources for VMware Aria Operations for Networks.
    1. Configure each vCenter Server as a data source.
    2. Configure each NSX Manager as a data source.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional questions, see VMware Validated Solutions Frequently Asked Questions.

Update History

This Intelligent Network Visibility for VMware Cloud Foundation validated solution is updated when necessary.
Revision Description

30 JAN 2024

Initial release.