VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation provides detailed information about the requirements to software, tools and external services required to successfully implement the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center platform.

Before you start deploying the components of this VMware Validated Design, you must set up an environment that has a specific compute, storage and network configuration, and that provides services to the components of the SDDC. Review carefully the VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation documentation at least 2 weeks ahead of deployment to avoid costly re-work and delays.

The VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation documentation is intended for cloud architects, infrastructure administrators and cloud administrators who are familiar with and want to use VMware software to deploy in a short time and manage an SDDC that meets the requirements for capacity, scalability, backup and restore, and extensibility for disaster recovery support.

The VMware Validated Design Planning and Preparation documentation is compliant and validated with certain product versions. See VMware Validated Design Release Notes for more information about supported product versions.