Let’s face it. Designing and implementing a Software-Defined Data Center from scratch isn’t easy.
While there are thousands of ways for you to stitch the fundamental elements of compute, storage, network, security, automation and operations together, not all of them will produce the best outcome.
By now, you’ve hopefully heard our VMworld announcement regarding the VMware Validated Designs over at the Office of the CTO blog, and have had a chance to read the related blogs here on the VMware Re-Think IT blog.
As a quick recap, VMware Validated Designs are your blueprints to the Software-Defined Data Center. VMware has synthesized the full stack of elements into a standardized and streamlined design with the availability, scale, and automation built-in. With precise guidance on how to deploy and operate your Software-Defined Data Center. These designs reduce deployment risk, realize value sooner, and makes it easy to manage the day two operations. Plus, because VMware has extensively tested the validated designs you can be confident that the infrastructure and services instantiated throughout the management, edge and compute PODs are designed to handle whatever you throw at it.
Today, I’d like to highlight a particularly unique aspect of the VMware Validated Designs that really sets them apart from all other reference designs and architectures — and that is how they are continuously validated and updated.
These are not static reference designs that are destined to become outdated and lifeless just a few months after an initial release. Rather, these validated designs are living designs that are continually being updated and modified in a prescribed manner.
Before any new software-defined data center elements are introduced, new features and capabilities are added, new software versions are released, and before any new patches and updates are made available, they must first undergo rigorous testing against the designs to re-validate and ensure full compatibility and supportability. In addition, along with this vigorous ongoing testing and validation, the associated guidelines, documentation, and walkthroughs are reviewed and, when necessary, updated as well.
What this means, for example, is that if you’re running the Software-Defined Data Center based on the VMware Validated Designs and a critical issue is found, you can rest assured that when the new patch or update is made available, that VMware has already deployed, tested, and validated this patch in an SDDC environment that looks just like yours. The requirements and instructions on how to install the update will also have been validated against an environment that looks just like your environment.
The continuous validation and re-validation of the designs not only reduces the risk of problems getting introduced into the data center through updates and upgrades, but it instills confidence in the SDDC. You never have to worry about being the first to try something or risk running into an situation where an update that seemed to work for everyone else suddenly doesn’t work for you.
And there you have it – VMware has crafted a proven SDDC blueprint for the Software-Defined Data Center, complete with best practices, detailed test plans, measurement and optimization, deployment and operations guidelines and continual validation.
Next up, we’ll roll up our sleeves and explore in-depth the technical architecture of the VMware Validated Designs.
Until then, review these resources that we’ve made available for both the Foundation and Single-Region IT Automation Cloud validated designs.
Learn more about the VMware Validated Designs by visiting vmware.com/go/v2d.
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