The SDDC architecture in this VMware Validated Design consists of layers. The layered structure enables you to create the SDDC in modules and to handle each set of components separately.

For information about the design and deployment of each layer, see VMware Validated Design Reference Architecture Guide, VMware Validated Design Deployment Guide for Region A and VMware Validated Design Deployment Guide for Region B.

Components of a Software-Defined Data Center

The physical layer contains the compute, storage, and network resources in your data center.

The virtual infrastructure layer contains the components that provide compute, networking, and storage resources to the management and tenant workloads.

The cloud management layer enables you to deliver tenants with automated workload provisioning by using a self-service portal.

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