The operations layer of the SDDC provides capabilities for performance and capacity monitoring, and for backup and restore of the cloud management components.

vRealize Operations Manager

You use vRealize Operations Manager to monitor the management components of the SDDC including vSphere, NSX for vSphere and vRealize Automation.

vRealize Operations Manager is also sized to accommodate the number of tenant workloads per the design objectives.

Figure 1. vRealize Operations Manager Logical Design




Table 1. vRealize Operations Manager Design Details

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

  • Analytics cluster of three nodes: master, master replica and data node

  • Remote collector group that consists of two remote collectors that communicate with the region-specific components in the region

Monitored components

  • vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller

  • ESXi hosts in the management cluster and the shared edge and compute cluster

  • All components of NSX for vSphere for the management cluster and the shared edge and compute cluster

  • vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator

  • vRealize Log Insight including Launch in Context

  • vRealize Business including integration in the vRealize Operations Manager operations interface

  • vSAN

  • vRealize Operations Manager (self-health monitoring)

vRealize Log Insight

You use vRealize Log Insight to access the logs of the SDDC management components from a central place and view this information in visual dashboards.

Figure 2. vRealize Log Insight Logical Design




Table 2. vRealize Log Insight Design Details

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

Cluster of master node and two worker nodes.

Monitored components

  • vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller

  • Management, shared edge and compute ESXi hosts

  • All components of NSX for vSphere for the management cluster and the shared edge and compute clusters

  • vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator

  • vRealize Business

  • Analytics cluster nodes of vRealize Operations Manager

  • Management virtual appliances

Archiving

Archiving location on an NFS export

vSphere Data Protection

You deploy vSphere Data Protection to back up the virtual machines of the SDDC management components. vSphere Data Protection stores its data and the backup copies of virtual machines on the NFS datastore in the management cluster.

Figure 3. vSphere Data Protection Design

Disaster Recovery Design

This VMware Validated Design implements a disaster recovery configuration that uses Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication to replicate the management applications and to mirror them on the second recovery region.

  • The following management applications are a subject of disaster recovery protection:

    • vRealize Automation together with vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Business

    • Analytics cluster of vRealize Operations Manager

  • The virtual infrastructure components that are not in the scope of the disaster recovery protection, such as vRealize Log Insight, are available as separate instances in each region.

Figure 4. Disaster Recovery Architecture
Disaster recovery in VMware Validated Designs is based on Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.

vSphere Update Manager

This VMware Validated Design version uses vSphere Update Manager for upgrade of the ESXi hosts from previous VMware Validated Design versions.

vSphere Update Manager server and client components are a part of vCenter Server Appliance in vSphere 6.5 or later. This design also deploys an instance of vSphere Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) in each region. Using a region-specific UMDS instance restricts the direct access to the external network from multiple vSphere Update Manager and vCenter Server instances, and reduces storage requirements across vSphere Update Manager.

Figure 5. vSphere Update Manager Design


vSphere Update Manager is pre-installed on the vCenter Server Appliance. You deploy an instance of the vSphere Update Manager Download Service in each region.