The Architecture and Design document for the VMware Validated Design for Management and Workload Consolidation contains a validated model of a consolidated cluster implementation of a VMware Validated Design, and provides a detailed design of each management component of the data center stack.

Architecture Overview discusses the building blocks and the main principles of each SDDC management layer. Detailed Design provides the available design options according to the design objective, and a set of design decisions to justify selecting the path for building each SDDC component.

This document refers to the VMware Validated Design for Management and Workload Consolidation as the Consolidated SDDC.

Intended Audience

VMware Validated Design Architecture and Design is intended for cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, and cloud administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to deploy in a short time and manage an SDDC that meets the requirements for capacity, scalability, backup and restore, and extensibility for disaster recovery support.

Required VMware Software

VMware Validated Design Architecture and Design is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Validated Design Release Notes for more information about supported product versions.