At VMworld 2015 in San Francisco we announced the VMware Validated Designs. At the time the program was so new that we didn’t even have a web page created for it. However, we promised folks that a web page was on its way and today I’m happy to announce that it’s up and running! At VMworld we also announced that there would be an early access community created for the VMware Validated Designs where you can sign-up and get involved. I’m happy to announce that that milestone has been completed as well.
At VMworld 2015 there has been a lot of excitement around the newly announced VMware Validated Designs – those prescriptive Software-Defined Data Center architectures & designs being created and validated by VMware experts and made available to you.
Included as part of the VMware Validated Designs announcements is a new Certified Partner Architecture Program, and I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to this program and help you understand how it works and point you to where you can get more information.
Introducing the Certified Partner Architecture Program
In my last post I gave an introduction to the VMware Validated Design PODs – Management POD, Edge POD and Compute POD. In this post I’d like to go over each of these PODs in a more detail.
Every IT infrastructure has a basic set of infrastructure components needed to instantiate the environment. In the VMware Validated Design, these infrastructure components go into what is called the Management POD. In both the Data Center Foundation and IT Automation Cloud, the Management POD is comprised of a minimum of four ESXi hosts. These four hosts are configured in a vSphere cluster with HA and DRS both enabled. Hence you will often see the Management POD referred to as a Management Cluster. Storage for the Management Cluster is provided using VSAN, which is nice as it eliminates any dependency on an external storage subsystem, while still providing a high-performing and highly scalable storage solution. It is on this management cluster that we run all the SDDC “infrastructure” components, to include, but by no means limited to the: Platform Services Controller, vCenter Server, NSX Manager, NSX Controllers, etc. Additional infrastructure components are also typically run on the Management Cluster, these can include Active Directory, DNS, DHCP and the like.