VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation for Management and Workload Consolidation provides detailed information about the software, tools and external services that are required to implement a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) whose management and tenant workloads run on a consolidated pod.

Before you start deploying the components of this VMware Validated Design, you must set up an environment that has a specific compute, storage and network configuration, and that provides services to the components of the SDDC. Carefully review the VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation for Management and Workload Consolidation documentation at least 2 weeks ahead of deployment to avoid costly rework and delays.

Intended Audience

The VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation for Management and Workload Consolidation documentation is intended for cloud architects, infrastructure administrators, and cloud administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to deploy in a short time and manage an SDDC that meets the requirements for capacity, scalability, backup and restore.

Required VMware Software

The VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation for Management and Workload Consolidation documentation is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Validated Design for Management and Workload Consolidation Release Notes for more information about supported product versions.

Before You Apply This Guidance

The sequence of the documentation of VMware Validated Design follows the stages for implementing and maintaining an SDDC. See Documentation Map for VMware Validated Design.

To use VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation for Management and Workload Consolidation, you must be acquainted with the following guidance:

  • Introducing VMware Validated Designs

  • Optionally VMware Validated Design Architecture and Design for Consolidated SDDC