VMware Validated Designs provide the most comprehensive and extensively-tested blueprints to build and operate a Software-Defined Data Center. A VMware Validated Design is composed of a standardized, scalable architecture design backed by VMware’s technical expertise and a VMware software “bill of materials” comprehensively tested for integration and interoperability. Detailed guidance and automation that synthesize VMware best practices on how to deploy, integrate and operate the SDDC is provided as part of a VMware Validated Design to aid end-users ensure performance, availability, security and operational efficiency.
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VMware Compliance Solutions delivers guidance enabling customers to deploy and configure VMware products and solutions running regulated workloads. The guidance includes guides for product applicability, configuration, and audit.
We published the first Compliance Kit on August 8th. Building the kit on existing VMware Validated Designs shortens the time to attain compliance, saves money, and reduces risk.
The Compliance Kit contains several documents:
Introduction to Security and Compliance—provides the architecture and design principles.
Product Applicability Guide (PAG)—describes product by product capabilities available to configure security and address compliance requirements.
Configuration Guide—outlines step by step enhancements to implement after the VMware Validated Design is deployed.
Audit Guide—authored by an auditor for auditors. It explains virtualization and auditing techniques to approach an audit of the Software-Defined Data Center.
Audit Guide Appendix—contains a complete list of all configurations. It maps security configurations to compliance controls.