VMware Validated Design 4.3 extends the product stack with vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager for automated deployment, lifecycle, and configuration drift management of the vRealize Suite products, and adds a third node to the vRealize Automation appliance cluster for automatic database failover. Add these components to your environment as a part of the post-upgrade process for the operations management and cloud management layers, respectively.

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

VMware Validated Design 4.3 uses vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager for automated deployment of the vRealize products in the SDDC stack.

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 provides the following features for management of multi-product environments:

  • Manage a vRealize Suite product repository (installation and upgrade).

  • Create environments.

  • Deployment and management of VMware Marketplace content

  • Support existing vRealize Suite-based environments.

  • Analyze the configuration drift in environments.

  • Scale environments out.

  • Upgrade environments.

You add it to the product stack as a part of the post-upgrade process for the operations management layer. See Deploy and Configure vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Post-Upgrade and Import the vRealize Product Configurations in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

Three-Node Cluster of vRealize Automation Appliances

VMware Validated Design 4.3, the Cloud Management Platform contains three vRealize Automation appliances for automatic failover of the PostgreSQL database. You deploy the third appliance as a part of the post-upgrade process for the cloud management layer. See Expand vRealize Automation to a Three-Node Appliance Architecture Post-Upgrade.