** Updated 02 March 2017 ***
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VMware Validated Design 4.0 | 15 December 2016 | Early Access
As many of you may know, we opened the Early Access sub-community to provide you an opportunity to download and discuss pre-released design materials for the VMware Validated Designs. We want you discover the latest content for blueprints that are in development and learn about the direction of the next generation architectures and advance operational guidance.
Today it's my pleasure to announce the early access materials for the VMware Validated Design for SDDC 4.0. This design builds upon the success of the releases and introduces some key architecture and operations updates for the latest versions of the SDDC software components, such as vSphere 6.5, vSAN 6.5. vRealize Log Insight 4.0. vRealize Operations 6.4, and vRealize Automation 7.2 to name a few.
What's in the Early Access Material?
- Introduction - The Introducing VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center guide provides directions on using the content of VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center. The guide also contains a high-level overview of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) design supported in this VMware Validated Design version. The document includes a detailed listing of the design objectives, document structures and purpose, and an overview of the design.
- Reference Architecture Guide - The VMware Validated Design Reference Architecture Guide contains a validated model of the Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) and provides a detailed design of each management component of the SDDC stack. The document includes over 240 design decisions along with their justification, implications, and where applicable associated diagrams.
- Roles and Personas - The Introducing VMware Validated Design Roles and Personas Guide provides detailed information about the how customers can consume a VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center based deployment with an optimal set of role and personas These are mapped to sets of requirements and relevent documents in the design that support these roles and personas.
What Software Components are included in the VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.0?
VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.0 is based on a set of individual VMware products with different versions that are available in a common downloadable package.
|Product Group and Edition||Product Name||Product Version|
|VMware vSphere Enterprise Plus||ESXi||6.5 a|
|vCenter Server Appliance||6.5 a|
|vSphere Update Manager||6.5 a|
|VMware vSAN Standard or higher||vSAN||6.5|
|VMware vSphere Replication||VMware vSphere Replication||6.5|
|VMware Site Recovery Manager Enterprise||VMware Site Recovery Manager||6.5|
|VMware NSX for vSphere Enterprise||NSX for vSphere||6.3|
|VMware vRealize Automation Advanced or higher||vRealize Automation||7.2|
|vRealize Orchestrator Plug-in for NSX||1.0.4|
|VMware vRealize Business for Cloud Advanced||vRealize Business for Cloud||7.2|
|VMware vRealize Operations Manager Advanced or higher||vRealize Operations Manager||6.4|
|vRealize Operations Management Pack for NSX for vSphere||3.5|
|vRealize Operations Management Pack for vRealize Log Insight||1.0.1|
|vRealize Operations Management Pack for vRealize Automation||2.1|
|vRealize Operations Management Pack for Storage Devices||6.0.5|
|VMware vRealize Log Insight||vRealize Log Insight||4.0|
|vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for NSX for vSphere||3.5|
|vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vSAN||2.0|
|vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Automation 7||1.0|
|vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Orchestrator 7.0.1+||2.0|
|vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for vRealize Operations Manager 6.x||1.7|
|vRealize Log Insight Content Pack for Microsoft SQL Server||3.1|
|VMware vSphere Data Protection||vSphere Data Protection||6.1.3|
VMware makes available patches and releases to address critical security issues for several products. Verify that you are using the latest security patches for a given component when deploying VMware Validated Design.
VMware Solution Exchange and in-product marketplace store only the latest versions of the management packs for vRealize Operations Manager and the content packs for vRealize Log Insight. This table contains the latest versions of the packs that were available at the time this VMware Validated Design was validated. When you deploy the VMware Validated Design components, it is possible that the version of a management or content pack on VMware Solution Exchange and in-product marketplace is newer than the one used for this release.
Staff II Solutions Architect, VMware R&D
VCIX6.5-DCV, VCIX6-NV, VCAP7/6-CMA, vExpert '13-'19