A VMware Validated Design release contains two types of SDDC implementation guidance. A VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center comes in several flavors and covers all main services in an SDDC. A VMware Validated Design use case is related to the solution to a specific IT case.

Table 1. Types of VMware Validated Designs

Feature

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center

VMware Validated Design Use Case

Definition

Implements an SDDC that contains the complete set of services for provisioning and monitoring workloads.

Represents a sub- or super-set of VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center. A use case provides an SDDC solution to achieve specific IT outcomes, such as application security, IT automation, and so on. See Introducing VMware Validated Design Use Cases.

Set of management components

Components to build all layers for general provisioning and monitoring services in an SDDC.

Only components that are required to implement the solution.

Documentation

  • Architecture and Design

  • Planning and Preparation

  • Deployment

  • Operational guidance

A use case contains one of the following documentation sets:

  • Architecture and Design and Planning and Preparation

  • Scenarios

Set of design objectives

Full set

Full set

Support of workflows

No

Yes

Each VMware Validated Design use case supports a set of validated workflows. The workflows are related to the common operations that you perform in the covered case.

Flavors

Yes

You can deploy a flavor of a VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center with the same set of management components, and different deployment model and resource requirements. See SDDC Implementations According to VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center.

No

A VMware Validated Design use case focus on the solution to a concrete market case.