To implement the SDDC from this VMware Validated Design, your hardware must meet certain requirements.

Management Workload Domain

When implementing a dual-region or single-region SDDC, the management workload domain in each region contains a management cluster which must meet the following hardware requirements.

Table 1. Hardware Requirements for the Management Cluster per Region
Component Requirement per Region
Servers Four vSAN ReadyNodes with hybrid (HY) profile.

For information about vSAN ReadyNodes, see the VMware Compatibility Guide.

CPU per server Dual-socket, 8 cores per socket
Memory per server 192 GB
Storage per server
  • 16 GB SSD for booting
  • One 200 GB SSD for the caching tier
    • Class D Endurance
    • Class E Performance
  • Two 1 TB HDD for the capacity tier
    • 10K RPM

See Designing and Sizing a vSAN Cluster from the VMware vSAN documentation for guidelines about cache sizing.

NICs per server
  • Two 10 GbE NICs
  • One 1 GbE BMC NIC

Virtual Infrastructure Workload Domain

When implementing a dual-region or single-region SDDC, the virtual infrastructure workload domain contains a shared edge and compute cluster which must meet the following requirements.

Table 2. Hardware Requirements for the Shared Edge and Compute Cluster per Region
Component Requirement per Region
Servers Four supported servers
CPU, memory, and storage per server Supported configurations
NICs per server
  • Two 10 GbE NICs
  • One 1 GbE BMC NIC

For information about supported servers, CPU, storage, IO devices, and so on, see vSAN ReadyNodes in the VMware Compatibility Guide.

Note: If you scale out the environment with compute-only clusters, each server must meet the same requirements as a server in the shared edge and compute cluster. You can use as many compute servers as required.

Primary Storage Options

This design uses and is validated against vSAN as primary storage. However, in a workload domain you can use a supported storage solution that matches the requirements of your organization. Verify that the storage design supports the capacity and performance capabilities of the vSAN configuration in this design. Appropriately adjust the deployment and operational guidance.