As part of the VCPS delivery and acceptance process, VMware validates a two-site HCX deployment. One is the enterprise site, and the other is the Cloud site.

As a Cloud Provider, you will deliver the SDDC during the VCPS bring-up which acts as the Cloud Site in an HCX deployment pair.

To validate the functionality of HCX on this primary SDDC, VMware requires a 2nd HCX deployment that will act as the enterprise site.

This enterprise site represents a customer's on-prem site in a production deployment. During validation, the VCPS scripts deploy the enterprise HCX appliance, configure HCX, create the site pair back to the Cloud site and test the service mesh. The VCPS scripts deploy the enterprise HCX appliance but do not deploy the enterprise SDDC.

The enterprise SDDC must meet the following requirements, and you must create and maintain the SDDC.

Table 1. Enterprise SDDC Requirements
Requirement Details
vCenter Server The vCenter Server that will be deployed must be at a version compatible with HCX as per the interop matrix. See the interoperability matrix for detailed information.
SDDC For the vCenter Server deployment, the following constructs must be created. These constructs are referenced in the SDDC Enterprise bring-up script.
Note: The names for the data center, cluster, and so on are only examples and can be adjusted as per the specification file.
  • Data center name: ENT_DC
  • Cluster name: ENT_CLU
  • Resource Pool Name: MGMT_RESOURCEPOOL
  • DVS Name: ENV_DVS
  • DVS port groups:
    • HCX_MGMT
    • VMOTION_PG
    • HCX_UPLINK
  • Datastore: vSANDatastore
HCX Enterprise Input Specification File The HCX specification file must contain the details similar to the SDDC input specification file, and in addition must have the required HCX information, such as the entrprise credentials, site pair specification, Service Mesh information, and so on.
Connectivity
  • Internet connectivity: The enterprise site must have Internet connectivity for HCX activation and updates.
  • Cloud site connectivity: For site pairing and HCX tunnels, VMware requires network connectivity between all networks in the Cloud and Enterprise site.
  • Stage-1 and Stage-2 connectivity: The enterprise site must have connectivity to the Stage-1 and Stage-2 servers for bring-up and bundle access.
Reservation resources
  • MGMT_RESOURCEPOOL
    • 32 vCPU
    • 48 GB RAM
  • vSANDatastore: 240 GB storage

See the Appendix for example specification files.