VMware vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager automates the deployment, upgrade, and drift analysis of the VMware vRealize Suite solutions in this design.
vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager automates the lifecycle management of the vRealize Suite through a Web-based management application and an API.
The vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager solution supports the deployment and upgrade of following vRealize Suite products:
vRealize Operations Manager
vRealize Log Insight
vRealize Automation (with embedded vRealize Orchestrator)
vRealize Business for Cloud
vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager is available as a pre-configured virtual appliance in OVA format. You can access vRealize Lifecycle Manager using a Web-based application and a REST API.
After you deploy vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, you register one or more vCenter Server instances with it. Next, an administrator can automate the following operations for the lifecycle management of the vRealize Suite.
Similarly to the vSphere Update Manager Download Service, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides a bridge for Internet access that is required to download product binaries for install and upgrade from My VMware and content from the VMware Marketplace.
Lifecycle Management Features
vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides the following features for management of multi-product environments:
Manage a vRealize Suite product repository (installation and upgrade).
Deployment and management of VMware Marketplace content
Support existing vRealize Suite-based environments.
Analyze the configuration drift in environments.
Scale environments out.
vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager contains the functional elements that collaborate to orchestrate the lifecycle management operations of the vRealize Suite environment in this VMware Validated Design.
You can configure vRealize Lifecycle Manager user authentication to use the following authentication models:
Local administrator account
VMware Identity Manager
Product Binaries Repository
vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides you two methods to retrieve and store product binaries, such as OVA, ISO, and PAK files, for install and upgrade of the vRealize Suite components.
Download product binaries to vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager from My VMware. You can integrate vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager directly with a My VMware account to access vRealize Suite entitlements. By using the My VMware integration, you can download vRealize Suite product binaries to the vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager appliance repository.
Upload product binaries to vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. If your organization must restrict external traffic from the management components of the Software-Defined Data Center, you can download the vRealize Suite product binaries from My VMware and upload them to vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager repository as an alternative approach. You can upload binaries from a local directory or an NFS endpoint share.
By using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, you can deploy vRealize Operations management packs, vRealize Log Insight content packs, and vRealize Automation blueprints and OVA files directly from the VMware Marketplace.
The vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager virtual appliance is backed up using traditional virtual machine backup solutions that are compatible with VMware vSphere Storage APIs – Data Protection (VADP).
Multi-Region Deployment of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager
The scope of this design can cover both single region, multiple regions, and availability zones.
In a multi-region implementation, VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center implements a vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager setup in multiple regions by using the following configuration:
A single vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager virtual appliance is replicated by vSphere Replication and recovered by Site Recovery Manager so that you can fail it over across regions in the event of planned migration or disaster recovery event.
The vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager instance manages the deployment, upgrade, and configuration drift analysis of the vRealize products across all regions.
In a multi-availability zone implementation, which is a subset of the multi-region design, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager continues to provide lifecycle services for the vRealize Suite based deployments in all regions of the SDDC. The virtual appliance of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager resides in Availability Zone 1 in Region A. If this zone becomes compromised, the instance it brought back online in Availability Zone 2.