The Consolidated Software-Defined Data Center (Consolidated SDDC) detailed design considers both physical and virtual infrastructure design. It includes numbered design decisions, and the justification and implications of each decision.

Physical Infrastructure Design

Focuses on the three main aspects of any data center: compute, storage, and network. In this section, you find information about availability zones and regions. The section also provides details on the rack and cluster configuration, and on physical ESXi hosts and the associated storage and network configurations.

Virtual Infrastructure Design

Provides details on the core virtualization software configuration. This section has information on the ESXi hypervisor, vCenter Server, the virtual network design including VMware NSX, and on software-defined storage for VMware vSAN. This section also includes details on business continuity (backup and restore) and on disaster recovery.

Operations Infrastructure Design

Explains how to architect, install, and configure vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager, vSphere Update Manager, vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Log Insight for lifecycle and service management.

Cloud Management Platform Design

Contains information on the consumption and orchestration layer of the SDDC stack, which uses vRealize Automation, vRealize Orchestrator, and vRealize Business. IT organizations can use the fully distributed and scalable architecture to streamline their provisioning and decommissioning operations.