The consolidated cluster runs the virtual machines that manage the Consolidated SDDC. The management components include vCenter Server, vSphere Update Manager, NSX components, vRealize Operations, vRealize Log Insight, vRealize Automation, vRealize Business for Cloud, and other shared management components.
All management, monitoring, and infrastructure services are provisioned to the consolidated vSphere cluster which provides high availability for these critical services.
NSX services enable North-South routing between the SDDC and the external network, and east-west routing inside the SDDC.
The consolidated cluster also hosts the SDDC tenant virtual machines (sometimes referred to as workloads or payloads). Workloads run customer business applications supporting varying SLAs.