Based on the complexity of the deployment, a solution architecture diagram might actually be a set of diagrams that document various levels of the architecture.

The diagram relates both physical and logical choices for your VMware Smart Assurance architecture in an easily understood manner. This diagram graphically reflects your design choices and will be an important part of the review and approval process for your design.

The solution architecture diagram should always include:

  • A logical representation of the VMware Smart Assurance components that will be installed

  • Locations for each VMware Smart Assurance component including the name and IP address of the host and the geographical location of the host

  • Connections between VMware Smart Assurance components and the ports that are used for communications

  • Connections, including port numbers, between VMware Smart Assurance and external sources such as networks and third-party software products

    This chapter describes how to start the solution architecture diagram. This diagram cannot be completed until the design is complete, so the design portion of the guide includes directions for adding information to the diagram.