The Architecture and Design for a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain document contains a validated design model for a workload domain that runs vSphere with Tanzu, formerly known as vSphere with Kubernetes, workloads in the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC).

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

Intended Audience

Architecture and Design for a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain document is intended for cloud architects who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to deploy and manage a workload domain that runs vSphere with Tanzu workloads in the SDDC and meets multiple requirements. The document provides guidance for capacity, scalability, backup and restore, and extensibility for disaster recovery support.

Supported VMware Cloud Foundation Version

Architecture and Design for a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain is compatible with VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1.

Required VMware Software

Architecture and Design for a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Validated Design Release Notes.

Before You Apply This Guidance

If you plan to deploy an SDDC by following the prescriptive path of VMware Validated Design, to apply Architecture and Design for a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain, you must be acquainted with the following guidance:

If you plan to deploy an SDDC by following the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation, you must be acquainted with the following guidance:

  • Introducing VMware Cloud Foundation. See the VMware Cloud Foundation documentation page.

  • Optionally, VMware Cloud Foundation Operations and Administration Guide.

  • Architecture and Design for the Management Domain.

Update History

This Architecture and Design for a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain is updated with each release of the product or when necessary.

Revision Description
12 OCT 2020 BGP support in the SDDC requires a certain physical configuration of the top of rack switches. See Physical Network Infrastructure Design for a vSphere with Tanzu Workload Domain.
06 OCT 2020 Initial release.