The Architecture and Design for the Management Domain document contains a validated design model for the management domain of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

Architecture Overview discusses the building blocks and the main principles of the management domain. Detailed Design provides the available design options according to the design objectives, and a set of design decisions to justify the path that you select for building each component.

Intended Audience

Architecture and Design for the Management Domain document is intended for cloud architects, 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

Architecture and Design for the Management Domain is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Validated Design Release Notes.

Before You Apply This Guidance

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

If you plan to deploy an SDDC by following the prescriptive path of VMware Validated Design, to apply Architecture and Design for the Management Domain, you must be acquainted with Introducing VMware Validated Design. See Guided Documentation Map of VMware Validated Design.

If you plan to deploy an SDDC by following the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation, you must be acquainted with Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation. See the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation page.

Update History

This Architecture and Design for the Management Domain is updated with each release of the product or when necessary.
Revision Description
22 OCT 2020 The Workspace ONE Access SSL certificate key size must be 2048 or 3072 bits. See Information Security and Access Control Design for Region-Specific Workspace ONE Access.
28 JUL 2020
  • To size the vSAN storage for the management domain, you consider the requirements for four Workspace ONE Access virtual machines now - one for the region-specific Workspace ONE Access instance and three for the cross-region Workspace ONE Access instance. See vSAN Physical Design for the Management Domain.
  • Improved wording to promote a more inclusive culture in accordance with VMware values.
25 JUN 2020
14 APR 2020 Initial release.