The operations layer of the SDDC provides capabilities for performance and capacity monitoring, and for backup and restore of the cloud management components.

You use vRealize Operations Manager to monitor the management components of the SDDC including vSphere, NSX for vSphere and vRealize Automation.

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

vRealize Operations Manager Logical Design

vRealize Operations Manager Design Details

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

Analytics cluster of four nodes: master, master replica and data node

Remote collector cluster that consists of two remote collectors that communicate with two vCenter Server instances in the region

Monitored components

vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller

Management, shared edge and compute ESXi hosts

All components of NSX for vSphere for the management cluster and the shared edge and compute cluster

vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator

vRealize Log Insight

vRealize Operations Manager (self-health monitoring)

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.

vRealize Log Insight Logical Design

vRealize Log Insight Design Details

Design Attribute

Description

Deployment model

Cluster of master node and two worker nodes.

Monitored components

vCenter Server and Platform Services Controller

Management, shared edge and compute ESXi hosts

All components of NSX for vSphere for the management cluster and the shared edge and compute clusters

vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator

Analytics cluster nodes of vRealize Operations Manager

Archiving

Archiving location on an NFS export

You deploy vSphere Data Protection to back up the virtual machines of the SDDC management components. vSphere Data Protection stores its data and the backup copies of virtual machines on the NFS datastore in the management cluster.

vSphere Data Protection Design

This VMware Validated Design implements a disaster recovery configuration that uses Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication to replicate the management applications and to mirror them on the second recovery region.

The following management applications are a subject of disaster recovery protection:

vRealize Automation together with vRealize Orchestrator and vRealize Business

Analytics cluster of vRealize Operations Manager

The virtual infrastructure components that are not in the scope of the disaster recovery protection, such as vRealize Log Insight, are available as separate instances in each region.

Disaster Recovery Architecture
Disaster recovery in VMware Validated Designs is based on Site Recovery Manager and vSphere Replication.

This VMware Validated Design version uses vSphere Update Manager for upgrade of the ESXi hosts from previous VMware Validated Design versions.

vSphere Update Manager server and client components are a part of vCenter Server Appliance in vSphere 6.5 or later. This design also deploys an instance of vSphere Update Manager Download Service (UMDS) in each region. Using a region-specific UMDS instance restricts the direct access to the external network from multiple vSphere Update Manager and vCenter Server instances, and reduces storage requirements across vSphere Update Manager.

vSphere Update Manager Design
vSphere Update Manager is pre-installed on the vCenter Server Appliance. You deploy an instance of the vSphere Update Manager Download Service in each region.