Follow VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center to implement an SDDC that supports micro-segmentation using NSX.

To access the documentation of VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center, go to VMware Validated Design documentation.

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 deployment guidance for Region A.

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 basic modules in the SDDC design, you proceed with detailed design of 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

After you understand the details of the design, the Planning and Preparation document helps you plan your environment according to the requirements of the design so that you can deploy the designed SDDC directly without additional testing and troubleshooting efforts.

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 a VMware Validated Design to create an SDDC. The Planning and Preparation section provides prerequisites about the following areas:

  • Required hardware and 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

Deployment Guide for Region A

After you make sure that your environment has the required structure and configuration, follow the Deployment Guide for Region A to start the manual single-region SDDC implementation. You can follow the Microsegmentation Use Case Deployment Using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager for automated deployment of the micro-segmentation use case.

Table 4. Deployment Guide Information

Section Attribute

Description

Guide

Deployment for Region A for Standard SDDC

Purpose

  • Provide step-by-step instructions for each management component of the SDDC according to the selected design path in Detailed Design.

  • Cover the single-region setup of the SDDC.

  • Provide details about setting up the virtual infrastructure for both management and tenant workloads.

  • Provide procedures for integration of the products to form one functional system.

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 VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center. Install only the components that are in the scope of VMware Validated Design for Micro-Segmentation. See Micro-Segmentation Design Objectives.