The operations layer of the Consolidated 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 Consolidated SDDC




Table 1. vRealize Operations Manager Design Details in Consolidated SDDC

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

  • Analytics cluster of one node: master

  • Remote collector group that consists of one remote collector that communicates with the management components in the single region

Monitored components

  • vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller

  • ESXi hosts in the consolidated cluster

  • All components of NSX for vSphere for the consolidated cluster

  • vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator

  • vRealize Log Insight including Launch in Context

  • vRealize Business including integration in the vRealize Operations Manager operations interface

  • vSAN

  • vRealize Operations Manager (self-health monitoring)

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 Consolidated SDDC




Table 2. vRealize Log Insight Design Details in Consolidated SDDC

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

Cluster of a master node.

Monitored components

  • vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller

  • ESXi hosts in the consolidated cluster

  • All components of NSX for vSphere for the consolidated cluster

  • vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator

  • vRealize Business

  • Analytics cluster nodes of vRealize Operations Manager

  • Management virtual appliances

Archiving

Archiving location on an NFS export

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 3. vSphere Update Manager Design in Consolidated 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.