The operations layer of the ROBO 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 in ROBO SDDC




Table 1. vRealize Operations Manager Design Details in ROBO SDDC

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

  • Analytics cluster of 3 nodes in the hub: master, master replica and data nodes

  • Remote collector group that consists of two remote collectors in each ROBO site

Monitored components from the ROBO site

  • vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller

  • ESXi hosts in the consolidated cluster

  • All components of NSX for vSphere for the consolidated cluster

  • vSphere Proxy Agents in vRealize Automation

  • vRealize Log Insight including Launch in Context

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 in ROBO SDDC




Table 2. vRealize Log Insight Design Details in ROBO SDDC

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

Cluster of 3 node: one master and two worker nodes.

Monitored components from the ROBO site

  • vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller

  • ESXi hosts in the consolidated cluster

  • All components of NSX for vSphere for the consolidated cluster

  • vSphere Proxy Agents in vRealize Automation

  • Remote collectors in vRealize Operations Manager

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 consolidated cluster.

Figure 3. vSphere Data Protection Design in ROBO SDDC




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). 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 4. vSphere Update Manager Design in ROBO SDDC


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.