The content in Architecture and Design of VMware NSX-T for Workload Domains replaces certain parts of Architecture and Design in VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center, also referred to as the Standard SDDC.

Before You Design the Compute Workload Domain with NSX-T

Before you follow this documentation, you must deploy the components for the SDDC management cluster according to VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center at least in a single region. See Architecture and Design, Planning and Preparation and Deployment for Region A in the VMware Validated Design documentation.

  • ESXi

  • Platform Services Controller pair and Management vCenter Server

  • NSX for vSphere

  • vRealize Lifecycle Manager

  • vSphere Update Manager

  • vRealize Operations Manager

  • vRealize Log Insight

  • vRealize Automation with embedded vRealize Orchestrator

  • vRealize Business

Designing a Compute Workload Domain with NSX-T

Next, follow the guidance to design a compute workload domain with NSX-T deployed in this way:

  • In general, use the guidelines about the compute workload domain and shared edge and compute cluster in the following sections of Architecture and Design in VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center:

    • Architecture Overview > Physical Infrastructure Architecture

    • Architecture Overview > Virtual Infrastructure Architecture

    • Detailed Design > Physical Infrastructure Design

    • Detailed Design > Virtual Infrastructure Design

  • For the sections that are available in both Architecture and Design of VMware NSX-T for Workload Domains and Architecture and Design, follow the design guidelines in Architecture and Design of VMware NSX-T for Workload Domains.

First-Level Chapter

Places to Use the Guidance for NSX-T

Architecture Overview

  • Physical Infrastructure Architecture

    • Workload Domain Architecture

    • Cluster Types

    • Physical Network Architecture

      • Network Transport

      • Infrastructure Network Architecture

      • Physical Network Interfaces

  • Virtual Infrastructure Architecture

Detailed Design

  • Physical Infrastructure Design

    • Physical Design Fundamentals

    • Physical Networking Design

    • Physical Storage Design

  • Virtual Infrastructure Design

    • vCenter Server Design

      • vCenter Server Deployment

      • vCenter Server Networking

      • vCenter Server Redundancy

      • vCenter Server Appliance Sizing

      • vSphere Cluster Design

      • vCenter Server Customization

      • Use of TLS Certificates in vCenter Server

    • Virtualization Network Design

    • NSX-T Design