TheVMware Validated Design Architecture and Design document contains a validated model of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) and provides a detailed design for each management component of the SDDC stack.

Architecture Overview discusses the building blocks and the main principles of each SDDC management layer. Detailed Design provides the available design options according to the design objective, and a set of design decisions to justify selecting the path for building each SDDC component.

Intended Audience

VMware Validated Design Architecture and Design is intended for cloud architects, infrastructure administrators and cloud administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to deploy and manage an SDDC that meets the requirements for capacity, scalability, backup and restore, and extensibility for disaster recovery support.

Required VMware Software

VMware Validated Design Architecture and Design is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Validated Design 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 Architecture and Design, you must be acquainted with Introducing VMware Validated Designs.