The cloud operations layer of the SDDC provides capabilities for life cycle management by using SDDC Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. The layer also supports performance and capacity monitoring, and log collection for the SDDC management components by using vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight.

SDDC Manager

You use SDDC Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation to perform the following operations:

  • Deploy virtual infrastructure workload domains and extend the virtual infrastructure of the management domain.

  • Deploy the NSX-T Edge cluster for a workload domain.

  • Expand a cluster with hosts and add clusters to workload domains.

  • Manage the life cycle of the virtual infrastructure components in all workload domains, and of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

  • Manage certificates and passwords of the SDDC management components.

Figure 1. Logical Design of SDDC Manager


Table 1. SDDC Manager Design Details

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

One appliance in each region that deploys virtual infrastructure workload domains, and upgrades the virtual infrastructure components in the management domain and all workload domains, and vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager. In each region, the appliance is deployed by VMware Cloud Builder, part of VMware Cloud Foundation, during the automated deployment of the management domain.

Supported components

  • ESXi hosts in the management domain and in all workload domains

  • Management domain vCenter Server and workload domain vCenter Server

  • NSX-T Data Center

  • vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager in VMware Cloud Foundation mode

  • SDDC Manager as self-upgrade

Network segment

Management network

Setup for workload domain and product deployment

  • Direct integration with My VMware to access install and upgrade bundles

  • Configuration with an external certificate authority for replacing the certificates of the management components in the SDDC

    Support for connecting deployed workload domains to vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager provides life cycle management capabilities for vRealize Suite components including automated deployment, configuration, and upgrade. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager communicates with each management domain vCenter Server in the SDDC to orchestrate the deployment, upgrade, and configuration drift analysis of vRealize Suite components in the SDDC.

Starting with VMware Cloud Foundation 4.1, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager is deployed in VMware Cloud Foundation mode. In this mode, vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager and VMware Cloud Foundation are integrated for inventory synchronization, life cycle management of the vRealize Suite products, and workload domain integration.

Figure 2. Logical Design of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager


Table 2. vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager Design Details

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

One appliance that deploys and upgrades the vRealize Suite components on a virtual infrastructure that is controlled by the management domain vCenter Server. The appliance is deployed by using SDDC Manager.

Supported components

  • Cross-region Workspace ONE Access

  • vRealize Operations Manager including remote collectors in Region A and Region B

  • vRealize Log Insight in Region A and Region B

  • vRealize Automation

Network segment

Cross-region virtual network segment. See Dynamic Routing and Virtual Network Segments.

Product installation setup

  • Direct integration with My VMware to access vRealize Suite entitlements

  • In Region A, direct integration with SDDC Manager for the following operations:

    • Inventory synchronization and software bundle retrieval

    • Configuration of the load balancer for the vRealize Suite components, and of the integration between the vRealize Suite products, and between the vRealize Suite products and the management and workload domains

    In Region B, the integration with the region-specific SDDC Manager instance is not available. You must connect vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager with the underlying virtual infrastructure, and the available components with the newly-added product instances manually.

  • Environments configuration that uses the product-based deployment path in the installation wizard

Table 3. Environment Layout in vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager

Environment Name

Scope

Product Components

Globalenvironment

Cross-Region

Cross-region Workspace ONE Access

Cross-Region

Cross-Region

  • vRealize Operations Manager analytics cluster

  • vRealize Operations Manager remote collectors

  • vRealize Automation cluster nodes

Region A

Region A

vRealize Log Insight Cluster

Region B

Region B

vRealize Log Insight Cluster

vRealize Operations Manager

You use vRealize Operations Manager to monitor the management components of the SDDC including vSphere, vSAN, NSX-T Data Center, Workspace ONE Access, and vRealize Automation.

vRealize Operations Manager is also sized to accommodate the number of tenant workloads according to the design objectives.

Figure 3. Logical Design of vRealize Operations Manager
Table 4. vRealize Operations Manager Design Details

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

  • Analytics cluster of three nodes with a load balancer: primary, primary replica, and data node

  • Remote collector group in each region that consists of two remote collectors that communicate with the region-specific components

The vRealize Operations Manager nodes are deployed by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

Monitored components

  • Management domain vCenter Server and workload domain vCenter Server

  • ESXi hosts in the management domain and in the workload domains

  • All local components of NSX-T Data Center for the management domain and for the workload domains

  • vSAN

  • Workspace ONE Access

  • vRealize Automation

  • vRealize Log Insight including Launch in Context

  • vRealize Operations Manager (self-health monitoring)

vRealize Log Insight

You use vRealize Log Insight to access the logs of the SDDC management components from a central place and view this information in visual dashboards.

Figure 4. Logical Design of vRealize Log Insight
Table 5. vRealize Log Insight Design Details

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

Cluster of primary node and two worker nodes with an integrated load balancer in each region. The vRealize Log Insight nodes are deployed by using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager.

Monitored components

  • Management domain vCenter Server and workload domain vCenter Server

  • ESXi hosts in the management domain and in the workload domains

  • All local components of NSX-T Data Center for the management domain and for the workload domains

  • vSAN

  • vRealize Automation

  • Analytics cluster nodes of vRealize Operations Manager

  • Management appliances

Archiving

Archiving location on an NFS export