When choosing locations for the platforms that support components, take note of restrictions on locations unrelated to network and product efficiency:

  • Locations based on geography. Some organizations require all Domain Managers to be based in a single Network Operations Center (NOC). Others have the Global Manager in one NOC and the underlying IP Manager in a regional data center.

  • Locations based on corporate organizational requirements. For example, organizations with distributed management require that the deployment be partitioned to support a portion of a network that is split along bureaucratic rather than technical lines.

  • Locations based on network security design. For example, if parts of the network are highly secured and ICMP or SNMP polling between these network segments is not allowed, separate IP Availability Managers have to support each segment.

    Polling and discovery are influenced by network speed and latency. If possible, consider network efficiency when locating Domain Managers. Avoid configurations that require an VMware Smart Assurance Domain Manager to discover or poll large portions of the network across lower speed WAN links or other network bottlenecks. Consider placing Domain Managers on higher speed LAN networks.

    Add system names and Domain Manager names to your solution architecture diagram. Define IP addresses and dedicated port numbers when needed.

    Establish a host naming convention and a Domain Manager naming convention before you decide on any names. Specify the locations for the hosts that support the IP Availability Manager and IP Performance Managers on the architecture solution diagram.