VMware Validated Design supports several SDDC architectures according to the requirements of your organization and the resource capabilities of your environment. Implement a dual-region architecture for workload provisioning and disaster recovery according to production best practices, and extend it with multiple Remote Office and Branch Office (ROBO) sites. If you are working on an SDDC proof-of-concept, or plan to deploy a small-scale environment and extend it according to tenant adoption, implement a consolidated architecture in a single region.

High-Level Logical Design of the SDDC

The SDDC according to VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center contains the main services that are required to cover workload provisioning, operations management and business continuity.

Figure 1. Logical Design of the SDDC


The SDDC management components provide a system of connected modules. These modules implement the main functions of the SDDC both for tenant workload provisioning and monitoring, and for maintenance of the SDDC itself.

SDDC Architectures

The VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center family provides the following SDDC implementations:

SDDC Architecture

Product Name

Description

Standard SDDC

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center

Implements a production-ready SDDC that is dual-region, each region deployed on two workload domains - management and virtual infrastructure.

Consolidated SDDC

VMware Validated Design for Management and Workload Consolidation

Consolidates the resources that are used in the Standard SDDC to provide a single-region environment with a smaller hardware footprint and less strict availability. For example, you can use this design in a smaller environment with less virtual machines, or as a proof of concept or production pilot.

ROBO SDDC

VMware Validated Design for Remote Office and Branch Office

Extends the Standard SDDC with support for remote offices that are located at a distance from the main office. The main office runs an instance of the Standard SDDC.

The ROBO SDDC provides decentralized management, such as on-site vCenter Server and NSX Manager, but connects to an existing Standard SDDC over a WAN link. Monitoring and cloud management functions are centralized.