VMware owns and operates Stage-1 and the execution occurs in a sandbox in the Cloud Provider environment. The Stage-1 process includes testing and validation of the SDDC bits using the Mega-POP and Orchestrator VMs and the LCM operations. This process is common across all Cloud Providers.
- Stage-1 includes a set of SDDC automation workflows and a set of SDDC reference design and functional test validations and workflows. The SDDC release and factory lifecycle automation workflows are tested on the target cloud servers.
- New releases are staged on the S3 servers and downloaded to the Stage-1 repository as part of an acceptance run.
- Every LCM workflow is implemented as a unique Jenkins pipeline.
- A successful completion of Stage-1 kicks off Stage-2.
The following diagram shows the Stage-1 workflow: