In the last few years we’ve seen a clear trend to adopt cloud strategies on customer side. Some already pusue a multi cloud strategy to get the most benefit from different offerings. But we may not forget, that infrastructure on-premises – the so called private cloud – is still the most common kind of virtual infrastructure. This is no surprise because on-premises infrastructure has without doubt some advantages. It’s not alone aspects of data privacy, data security and data sovereignty. There are also performance aspects such as low latency that keep customers from migration special workloads to the (public) cloud.
On the other hand there are some advantages of cloud offerings too. Such as flexible consumption, minimal maintenance, built in resilience, developer agility and the possibility to manage from anywhere.
To bridge the gap between on-premises needs and cloud based offerings, VMware has announced Project Arctic during VMworld 2021. Delivering benefits of the cloud to on-premises workloads.
Anyone who has ever been involved in the design of IT concepts based on VMware products should be familiar with the VMware Validated Design Guide (VVD).
VMware Validated Design is a collection of data center design recommendations that span compute, storage, networking, and management which can be used as a reference guide for implementing a Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). The VVD documentation consists of a series of documents that build on each other for all stages of the SDDC lifecycle. The VVD documentation can be used as an extension of the VMware Cloud Foundation (VCF) documentation. Each version of the VVD Guide correlates with a particular VCF version.
VMware Validated Design has been discontinued after VMware Validated Design 6.2 and VMware Cloud Foundation 4.2. VMware Validated Solutions (VVS) will take over the succession of VVD.
VMware Validated Solutions
VMware Validated Solutions are validated technical implementations designed to assist in building a secure and stable infrastructure based on VCF. Each VVS includes a detailed design with design decisions, as well as implementation instructions. VMware Cloud Foundation SDDC Manager is required to implement VMware Validated Solutions.
Finally, this means that anyone interested in a VMware validated solution in the future needs to take a look at VCF.
SDDC-Manager is the central management tool in a vCloud Foundation (VCF) environment. You can add workload domains, import clusters to workload domains (WLD) or add Kubernetes namespaces. For every task there’s workflow in the GUI of SDDC-Manager.
Currently, as of version VCF 4.0.1, it is not possible to add a cluster with more than two uplinks and more than one vdSwitch to a WLD. If you try to do that in the GUI, you can only define one dvSwitch with two uplinks.