For certain features of the SDDC, such as back up and restore, log archiving, and content library, you must provide secondary storage.

This VMware Validated Design uses NFS as its secondary storage. While vRealize Automation supports any type of secondary storage, using vRealize Log Insight requires NFS storage for archive purposes.

For information about the approximate sizes of all management components, see Management Workload Footprint. Consider these sizes in the storage requirements for your VMware vSphere Storage APIs for Data Protection-based backup solution.

You must also provide a validated datastore to the shared edge and compute cluster for storing NSX Controller instances, NSX Edge instances, and tenant workloads.

NFS Exports for Management Components

The management applications in the SDDC use NFS exports with the following paths:

Table 1. NFS Export Configuration 
Region VLAN Server Export Size Map As Cluster Component
Region A 1615 172.16.15.251 /VVD_vRLI_MgmtA_400GB 400 GB NFS datastore for log archiving in vRealize Log Insight Management cluster vRealize Log Insight
1615 172.16.15.251 /VVD_backup01_nfs01_MgmtA_6TB 6 TB sfo01-m01-bkp01 Management cluster VADP-based Backup Solution
1625 172.16.25.251 /VVD_vRA_ComputeA_1TB 1 TB sfo01-w01-lib01 Shared edge and compute cluster vRealize Automation
Region B 1715 172.17.15.251 /VVD_vRLI_MgmtB_400GB 400 GB NFS mount for log archiving in vRealize Log Insight Management cluster vRealize Log Insight
1715 172.17.15.251 /VVD_backup01_nfs01_MgmtB_6TB 6 TB lax01-m01-bkp01 Management cluster VADP-based Backup Solution
1725 172.17.25.251 /VVD_vRA_ComputeB_1TB 1 TB lax01-w01-lib01 Shared edge and compute cluster vRealize Automation

Customer-Specific Datastore for the Shared Edge and Compute Clusters

Before you begin implementing your SDDC, to enable the deployment of virtual appliances that are a part of the NSX deployment and to provide storage for tenant workloads, you must set up datastores for the shared edge and compute cluster for each region. This Validated Design contains guidance for datastore setup only for the SDDC management components. For more information about the datastore types that are supported for the shared and edge cluster, see Shared Storage Design in the VMware Validated Design Architecture and Design documentation.