The structure of the VMware Validated Design for Micro-Segmentation documentation reflects the best practices in designing and deploying a data center that supports micro-segmentation. The documentation components are organized according to audience and deployment stage. You use the documents in a specific order.

Figure 1. VMware Validated Design for Micro-Segmentation Documentation Flow
The design phase includes the Reference Architecture and Planning and Preparation documents. The deployment phase includes product documentation.

Architecture and Design

The Architecture and Design document has two parts, Architecture Overview and Detailed Design.

The focus of the Architecture Overview are the components in the design and how they interact.

Table 1. Architecture Overview Sections

Component

Description

Document

Part of the Architecture and Design document

Purpose

  • Introduce the fundamentals and components in the SDDC design.

  • Provide information about the layered structure of the SDDC.

  • Describe the building modules and basic behavior of each management component.

Audience

Cloud architects and cloud administrators

After you learn about the architecture for the Validated Design for Micro-Segmentation, the detailed design sections explain configuration details for the management components and the required infrastructure.

Table 2. Detailed Design Sections

Component

Description

Guide

Part of the Architecture and Design document

Purpose

  • Provide complete details about the configuration of each layer and of the components that are a part of the layer.

  • Describe available design alternatives.

  • Provide design decisions to reflect the main design issues and the rationale behind a chosen solution path.

Audience

Cloud architects and cloud administrators

Planning and Preparation

The Planning and Preparation document helps you plan your environment according to the requirements. This document has detailed information on required software versions and other details including IP addresses and user configuration. You can abstract from the information in this document to requirements in your environment.

Table 3. Planning and Preparation Information

Section Attribute

Description

Guide

Planning and Preparation

Purpose

Collect all requirements that your environment must meet so that you can follow VMware Validated Design to create an SDDC. The planning and preparation section provides prerequisites for the following areas:

  • Required software including VMware products, scripts, and third-party software

  • Networking configuration including VLANs, example IP addresses, and DNS names

  • Active Directory user configuration

  • Specifications of the virtual machines that you must provide in advance

Audience

Cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, cloud administrators, and cloud operators

Product Documentation

See the sections on vSphere, NSX and vRealize LogInsight in the Deployment for Region A documentation for details on deploying the products. See the VMware Validated Design Documentation Center for reference. After initial deployment, the product documentation for vSphere and for NSX for vSphere enables you to set up your environment with security groups, firewalls, and so on. Because this documentation is already available, the Validated Design for Micro-Segmentation does not include detailed step-by-step instructions for each task.

Table 4. Product Documentation for vSphere and for NSX for vSphere

Section Attribute

Description

Documents

Purpose

Detailed information on performing tasks such as installing ESXi hosts or configuring a vSphere Distributed Switch.

Audience

Cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, cloud administrators, and cloud operators

Operational Guidance

For operational guidance, consult the documentation for installing and configuring components that is in the VMware Validated Design for the Software-Defined Data Center. Install only the components that are included in the Architecture and Design document for the VMware Validated Design for Micro-Segmentation. See the VMware Validated Design documentation at https://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/vmware-validated-design-pubs.html.