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VMware Validated Design – PODs, The Building Blocks of the SDDC

If you’ve spent anytime looking into the VMware Validate Designs, then you’ve surely noticed the designs are built around what VMware is calling PODs.  The use of the term POD can be a bit tricky, at least it was for me.  I think that most of us would readily associate a “POD” with some kind of modular container that is used to store things, and if that’s the case, then you’re on the right track.  Within the context of the VMware Validated Design, a POD actually refers to something called a “Point of Delivery”, but it’s okay to think of a “Point of Delivery” as a type of container used to store things.   Let me explain. Continue reading

VMware Announces the VMware Validated Designs

In case you missed it, VMware recently announced the VMware Validated Designs.  What exactly is a VMware Validated Design?  Well, think of it as a blueprint for implementing a Software-Defined Data Center.  Here’s a link to a recent post on the VMware CTO Blog that introduces the VMware Validated Designs.  In addition, here’s a link to a brief conceptual video that provides a nice overview as well.


In the announcement, they mention there will eventually be a number of validated designs made available, but out the gate as of today, there are two. One is called the “Data Center Foundation” and the other the “Single-Region IT Automation Cloud”.  I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to these first two designs and help you understand their purpose and how they can be used to help you get started with implementing your own Software-Defined Data Center. Continue reading