This VMware Validated Design uses the vRealize Orchestrator instance that is embedded in the vRealize Automation Appliance, instead of using a dedicated or external vRealize Orchestrator instance. Using embedded vRealize Orchestrator simplifies the deployment model and improves the operational efficiency.

Table 1. Design Decisions on vRealize Orchestrator

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication


Use the internal vRealize Orchestrator instances that are embedded in the deployed vRealize Automation instances.

The use of embedded vRealize Orchestrator has the following advantages:

  • Provides faster time to value.

  • Reduces the number of appliances to manage.

  • Provides easier upgrade path and better support-ability.

  • Improves performance.

  • Removes the need for an external database.

  • Overall simplification of the design leading to a reduced number of appliances and enhanced support-ability.


Using the embedded instance of vRealize Orchestrator is applicable in most use cases. However, refer to the product documentation to be aware of the cases where using the external vRealize Orchestrator is applicable.