The software-defined data center (SDDC) provides different types of capabilities, with more complex features building on the underlying infrastructure. To enable all vRealize Suite features, you must perform a series of installation and configuration operations.

Delivering the full operational capabilities of vRealize Suite to your organization or clients is a structured process. In a large organization, it might involve cycles of assessment, design, deployment, knowledge transfer, and solution validation. Depending on your organization, you should plan for an extended process that involves different roles.

Not every environment needs the full scope of vRealize Suite capabilities at a given time. Begin by deploying the core data center infrastructure, which enables you to add capabilities as your organization requires them. Each of the SDDC layers might require that you plan and perform a separate deployment process.

Figure 1. Layers of the SDDC
Components making up the software-defined data center
Physical Layer
The lowest layer of the solution includes Compute, Network, and Storage components. The compute component contains the x86-based servers that run the management, edge, and tenant compute workloads . The storage components provide the physical foundation for the SDDC and the IT Automation Cloud.
Virtual Infrastructure Layer
The virtual infrastructure layer includes the virtualization platform with the hypervisor, resource pooling, and virtualization control. VMware products in this layer are vSphere, VMware NSX, ESXi, and vCenter Server. These products establish a robust virtualized environment into which all other solutions integrate. Abstracting resources from the physical layer provides the foundation for the integration of VMware orchestration and monitoring solutions. Additional processes and technologies build on the infrastructure to enable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS).
Cloud Management Layer
The Cloud Management layer includes the service catalog, that houses the facilities to be deployed, orchestration, that provides the workflows to deploy catalog items, and the self-service portal that allows end users to use the SDDC. vRealize Automation provides the portal and the catalog, and embedded vRealize Orchestrator capabilities help manage workflows to automate complex IT processes.
Service Management
Use service management to track and analyze the operation of multiple data sources in the multiregion SDDC. Deploy vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight across multiple nodes for continued availability and increased log ingestion rates.
Business Continuity
Use business continuity to create backup jobs in vSphere Data Protection for vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Log Insight, VMware NSX, and vRealize Automation. If a hardware failure occurs, you can restore the components of these products from the saved backups.
Security
VMware delivers the Compliance Reference Architecture Framework and Compliance Capable, Audit Ready platform. Customers use the platform to meet demanding compliance requirements for virtualized workloads and to manage business risk. VMware products and compatible partner products are carefully mapped to meet requirements from authoritative sources such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, FedRAMP, and CJIS. The core Compliance Reference Architecture Framework documents are:
  • Product Applicability Guides provide descriptions of VMware product suites on a product-by-product basis discussing regulation along with a mapping of the regulatory controls to product features.
  • Architecture Design Guides provide considerations for building a secure, compliant, VMware vRealize environment that adheres to specific regulations.
  • Validated Reference Architecture documents provide regulation evidence from an audit study that you can apply to your environment.

To access the documents, please navigate to VMware Solution Exchange and select Compliance Solutions.

You can enhance your vRealize Suite environment by integrating additional VMware products and services. These products have capabilities such as disaster recovery to cloud, software-defined storage, and software-defined networking.