VMware Validated Design is a family of solutions for data center designs that span compute, storage, networking, and management, serving as a blueprint for your Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) implementation.

VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center

VMware provides three implementations of VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center.

  • The standard implementation of VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center provides single or dual region data center architecture for an organization’s primary data centers. You can use this implementation a base for additional implementations such as VMware Validated Design for Remote Office and Branch Office (ROBO).

  • The ROBO implementation extends the standard implementation to include remote locations that require fewer resources. This implementation is suitable for deployments that are spread out geographically but that you want to manage more centrally. You must have the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center primary data centers in place before working with the ROBO implementation.

  • The Consolidated SDDC implementation is an alternative to a single-region VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center configuration where you use one consolidated pod to run both management and tenant workloads. This implementation is suitable for configurations with lower startup cost and hardware footprint.

Figure 1. Logical Design of an SDDC
According to VMware Validated Design, an SDDC is a system of services and solutions that support workload provisioning, monioring and business continuity.

VMware Validated Design Use Cases

VMware Validated Designs offer various use cases that serve as templates for implementing a VMware SDDC stack that addresses specific business outcomes. VMware Validated Designs use case documentation covers several scenarios, including micro-segmentation, IT automation, and intelligent operations.