The business continuity layer includes solutions for data protection and disaster recovery of critical management components of the SDDC.

Data Protection

To back up the virtual machines of the SDDC management components, you deploy a solution that is compatible with vSphere Storage APIs for Data Protection (VADP). Place an instance of the backup solution in every region.

Figure 1. Data Protection Design


Backup in VMware Validated Design is based on vSphere Storage APIs for Data Protection (VADP).

Disaster Recovery Design

This VMware Validated Design implements a disaster recovery configuration that uses Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication to replicate the management applications and to mirror them on the second recovery region.

  • The following management applications are a subject of disaster recovery protection:

    • vRealize Automation together with vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Business

    • Analytics cluster of vRealize Operations Manager

  • The virtual infrastructure components that are not in the scope of the disaster recovery protection, such as vRealize Log Insight, are available as separate instances in each region.

Figure 2. Disaster Recovery Architecture


Disaster recovery in VMware Validated Design is based on Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.