The Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) detailed design considers both physical and virtual infrastructure design. It includes numbered design decisions and the justification and implications of each decison.

Each section also includes detailed discussion and diagrams.

Physical Infrastructure Design

Focuses on the three main pillars of any data center, compute, storage and network. In this section you find information about availability zones and regions. The section also provides details on the rack and pod configuration, and on physical hosts and the associated storage and network configurations.

Virtual Infrastructure Design

Provides details on the core virtualization software configuration. This section has information on the ESXi hypervisor, vCenter Server, the virtual network design including VMware NSX, and on software-defined storage for VMware vSAN. This section also includes details on business continuity (backup and restore) and on disaster recovery.

Cloud Management Platform Design

Contains information on the consumption and orchestration layer of the SDDC stack, which uses vRealize Automation and vRealize Orchestrator. IT organizations can use the fully distributed and scalable architecture to streamline their provisioning and decommissioning operations.

Operations Infrastructure Design

Explains how to architect, install, and configure vRealize Operations Manager and vRealize Log Insight. You learn how to ensure that service management within the SDDC is comprehensive. This section ties directly into the Operational Guidance section.