Aug 30

VMware Validated Design for SDDC – Core Platform Demo

The VMware Validated Design for SDDC is a blueprint for the private cloud that results in an SDDC that is consistent, thoroughly documented, extensively tested from end-to-end, and continuously validated to incorporate new releases of software components. In this video, we will demonstrate some of the core platform components of a private cloud based on this design. Learn more about VMware Validated Designs at or follow updates on Twitter @VMwareSDDC

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Aug 30

VMware Validated Design for SDDC – Software-Defined Networking Demo

The VMware Validated Design for SDDC is a blueprint for the private cloud that results in an SDDC that is consistent, thoroughly documented, extensively tested from end-to-end, and continuously validated to incorporate new releases of software components. VMware NSX reproduces the complete set of Layer 2 through 7 networking services in software. This includes: switching, routing, access control, firewalling and load balancing. In this video, we will demonstrate the configuration of VMware NSX for use in this design. This demo focuses primarily on the configuration in management stack. Learn more about VMware Validated Designs at or follow updates on Twitter @VMwareSDDC

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Aug 29

Introducing VMware Validated Design 3.0

Eddie Dinel posted August 29th, 2016
With the first day of VMworld 2016 almost in the books, several exciting product announcements have already been made. In the area of SDDC and hybrid cloud, earlier today we announced VMware Cloud Foundation, our new unified SDDC platform for the hybrid cloud. Cloud Foundation offers an accelerated path to SDDC by bringing together vSphere, VSAN and NSX into a natively integrated stack that is dead simple to manage and maintain. This is achieved thanks to the new VMware SDDC Manager that is included in Cloud Foundation, and brings new unique capabilities around the automation of the bring up, configuration and patching/upgrade of the entire stack. Very exciting! To learn more I recommend reading this blog by Raj Yavaktar, our VMware Fellow.

Cloud Foundation offers an integrated platform approach to the creation of a SDDC-based cloud. VMware provides you with the key piece parts and the built-in automation to manage the software stack so that you don’t have to invest time and money in doing it yourself. This approach has clear benefits and works for a lot of people, but there are also many customers who need or want to use a more typical “do-it-yourself” approach, selecting individual cloud infrastructure components and integrating them themselves. I can think of many valid reasons for choosing the “do-it-yourself” path: maybe you are not planning to move to HCI, or maybe you are not ready organizationally, or perhaps you simply want to use a more hands-on approach, etc. We recognize that when it comes to building the cloud there isn’t a one-size-fits-all option, and we want to ensure that all our customers will successfully complete this crucial transformation.

Designing and implementing an SDDC outside of an integrated and automated framework comes with its own challenges. Customers who choose to go down the “do-it-yourself” path are asking us for guidance on how to bring individual software components together using best practices that ensure a reliable, repeatable and scalable deployment. Customers want the peace of mind that software components interoperate well together, and that the decisions they make today won’t prevent them from growing their environment tomorrow. This is where VMware Validated Designs come in. Today we are delighted to announce that the new release VMware Validated Designs 3.0 will become available by the end of September!

Before going over the details of what’s new, let’s recap what VVDs are

VMware Validated Design VMware Validated Designs provide a comprehensive and extensively-tested set of blueprints for building and operating an SDDC. They are holistic and standardized data center-level designs that span across compute, storage, networking, and management, providing a proven framework for how to deploy, configure, and operate an SDDC-based private cloud in support of a wide range of use-cases.

The core documentation provided with each VMware Validate Design release includes:

  • Solution Overview that details design objectives software components and related tested versions
  • Reference Architecture
  • Design Guide

In addition, we provide a set of operational guides and tools that synthetizes best practices on how to plan, deploy and operate the SDDC. These include:

  • Planning and Preparation Guide
  • Deployment Guide
  • Operational Guides for:
    • Monitoring and Alerting
    • Patching, Updating, and Maintenance
    • Security and Compliance
    • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
    • Startup and Shutdown
    • Backup and Restore

Benefits of VMware Validated Design
Using VMware Validated Designs as the blueprint results in an SDDC deployment that is consistent, thoroughly documented, extensively tested from end-to-end, and continuously validated to incorporate new releases of software components. This allows for both a standardized deployment model that aligns with best practices as well as investment protection for the future. We see growing customer interest in building SDDCs that follow the VMware Validated Designs, and some are already reaping the benefits. For example, one global service provider has successfully used VMware Validated Designs to accelerate their design and implementations of the SDDC from months to mere weeks, while ensuring product integration and interoperability. They then utilized operational guides to improve their internal processes and on-going SDDC management.

Now let’s talk about what’s new with VMware Validated Designs 3.0

As the version number indicates, this is already our third VVD release this year. Our engineering team has been doing a tremendous job incorporating feedback from early adopters to extend the applicability of the VVDs and add more elements to them. Here are the key improvements we are delivering with the 3.0:

1. Flexible Deployment with Distributed Management and Workload Architecture

This architecture simplifies the initial startup, reduces startup hardware cost, and provides flexibility for future growth. In the Management pod, all solutions for the management, automation and operations of an SDDC are instantiated. An initial shared Edge and Compute pod is implemented to deploy business workloads and provides north-south routing access to them. As the SDDC grows, additional Compute pods can be added to run more business workloads, or the Edge can be separated and powered by a dedicated Edge pod.

2. Dual-Region Deployment and Operational Guidance
This release includes the expansion from single-region deployment and operations guidance to dual-region support. A dual-region deployment allows an organization to implement the SDDC across two geographical locations, providing portability of applications, and enabling disaster recovery capability of SDDC management, automation and operations solutions between regions.

3. VMware Validated Design for Use-cases
Organizations are shifting their focus toward use-cases, and VMware Validated Designs plays a critical part of that shift. This release provides three designs for customers who are looking for different outcomes:

– VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center: encompassing all software components of the SDDC, this Validated Design provides an agile platform for multiple applications and outcomes.

– VMware Validated Design for Micro-segmentation: this Validated Design allows higher security for all applications in the data-center with dynamic security at VM-level based on attributes.

– VMware Validated Design for IT automating IT: automate the delivery and ongoing management of production-ready infrastructure and application components to reduce the time it takes to respond to requests for IT resources and to improve the ongoing management of provisioned resources.

Once you build the environment for one use-case, you can add more software components for additional use-cases, or grow to the full Software-Defined Data Center.

Want to learn more?

If you are at VMworld and want to learn more about VMware Validated Designs, stop by our VMware booth, try the Hands-On-Lab (HOL 1706-SDC-5) or join us in these sessions:

SDDC9035-S How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Consistency: Standardizing Datacenter Designs
SDDC7587 Software-Defined Networking in VMware Validated Designs
SDDC9025 VVD 101: Build Your Cloud the Right Way, First Time
SDDC8423 VMware Validated Design for SDDC

– Operations Architecture Technical Deep Dive
HBC8491 Deep Dive: VMware on IBM Cloud Validated Design
SDDC8946 Deep Dive into Deploying the vRealize Cloud Management Platform the VMware Validated Designs Way!
SDDC8445 VMware Validated Design for Micro-segmentation
MGT7759 Early VVD Adopter Experience: Building a Secure and Automated Cloud
SDDC8414 VMware Validated Design for SDDC: A Technical Deep Dive

For a sneak peek of the design, and to stay updated on what we are cooking up, please join the VMware Validated Designs community at where you can also get answers to your questions and provide feedback on the designs.

Useful Resources

  • Learn more at
  • Join the community at
  • Test drive VVD with Hands-On-Lab (Available publicly after VMworld US)
  • Read the comprehensive documentation for each design
  • Follow our playlist on YouTube
  • Follow @VMwareSDDC on Twitter.

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Jun 13

Data Center Micro-Segmentation

A Software Defined Data Center Approach for a ”Zero Trust” Security Strategy

Executive Summary

The software-defined data center (SDDC), while well understood architecturally, is beginning to reveal some of its benefits beyond agility, speed, and efficiency as organizations deploy and discover other areas of improvement. One critical area organizations are driving SDDC deployment from is security.

When enterprises and public sector IT organizations embrace SDDC and virtualize compute, network, and storage, they automate provisioning and greatly reduce time-to-market for IT applications and services. They also streamline and de-risk infrastructure moves, adds, and changes. This new operations model has some additional benefits. Where customers build their SDDC with the automation and “baked-in” security of VMware’s NSX platform, they’ve discovered some significant security benefits – fortuitously – as many organizations are trying to move to an increasingly fine-grained network segmentation approach (e.g., Forrester Research’s Zero-Trust Network Architecture) for their data center networks in response to the increasing incidence of attackers moving freely within the enterprise data center perimeter. These approaches wrap security controls around much smaller groups of resources – often down to a small group of virtualized resources or individual VMs. Micro-segmentation has been understood to be a best practice approach from a security perspective, but difficult to apply in traditional environments. The inherent security and automation capabilities of the NSX platform are making micro-segmentation operationally feasible in the enterprise data center for the first time.

VMware NSX deploys three modes of security for data center networks – fully isolated virtual networks, segmented virtual networks (via high-performance, fully automated firewalling native to the NSX platform), and segmentation with advanced security services with our security partners. Examples of partner integration include Palo Alto Networks for network segmentation with next-generation firewalls or Rapid7 for vulnerability scanning.

When it comes to the business case, network micro-segmentation is not only operationally feasible using VMware NSX, but cost-effective, enabling the deployment of security controls inside the data center network for a fraction of the hardware cost.

Many large data centers are using security as one of the big first benefits of the software defined data center. In the very near future, a more secure data center will become the new normal.

The Software Defined Data Center is the Future

A Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) is an architectural approach to data center design, which leverages a fundamental principle of computer science, abstraction. Operating systems, higher-level programming languages, networking protocols, and most recently server virtualization are all examples of abstractions whose introductions resulted in major industry innovation cycles over the past 25 years.

The introduction of an abstraction layer allows systems and services above and below the abstraction layer to operate and innovate independently, while maintaining agreed-upon communication paths and exposing services between layers through well-defined interfaces. An SDDC approach applies the principles of abstraction to deliver an entire data center construct in software, decoupling service delivery from the underlying physical infrastructure. This allows the underlying hardware to be utilized as generalized pools of compute, network and storage capacity which can be combined, consumed and repurposed programmatically, without modification to the hardware.

The SDDC approach has been proven by many of the largest, most agile and efficient data centers in the world, including Google, Facebook and Amazon. Over the past 10 years, these “mega data center” operators have engineered an SDDC abstraction layer into their custom applications and platforms, allowing them to automate almost every aspects of data center operations, while completely decoupling from the underlying compute, network and storage hardware. This decoupling dramatically reduces both the capital and operational expense of their physical infrastructure and allows them to deliver services orders of magnitude faster than most enterprise IT organizations.

Today, enterprise IT can achieve the same level of agility and efficiency as “mega data centers” in their own data centers, without modification to their existing hardware infrastructure.

A Centralized vCenter Single Sign-On Server Environment

Figure 1 – Intelligence is moved into software to create an abstraction layer between software and the underlying physical infrastructure. Large data centers have been doing this for a decade by putting intelligence in their custom application or platform software. Today enterprise data centers can achieve the same decoupling by leveraging software in the data center virtualization layer.

VMware has built the data center abstraction layer into its NSX network virtualization platform. The platform is based on a distributed system controller combined with the traditional hypervisor and vSwitch to allow the entire data center construct to be faithfully reproduced non-disruptively in software, independent of the existing physical infrastructure. The VMware NSX platform has been proven in production deployments, some over three years old and is now being deployed at two of the top three service providers in the world, four out of top five global financial services companies, and over 100 enterprise class datacenters in almost every business sector including healthcare, manufacturing, retail,
consumer products, banking, insurance, transportation, federal, state and local government and high tech.

The SDDC is More Agile, More Flexible, and More Secure

An SDDC approach takes the benefits of virtualization and automation and extends it to incorporate the entire data center construct. The ability to programmatically create, snapshot, move, delete and restore virtual machines in software transformed the operational model of compute for IT. Now, an SDDC approach allows IT to programmatically create, snapshot, move, delete and restore an entire data center construct of compute, storage, and network in software. Data center automation, self-service IT, and a complete transformation of the network operational model have proven to be huge benefits of an SDDC approach. In deployments, business and IT leadership agree that an SDDC approach delivers measureable differences in IT speed, agility, and competitive advantage. IT operations leaders quickly benefit from automated change management and simplification of the underlying hardware configuration and management. Perhaps most profoundly, the SDDC approach powers the infrastructure and security teams’ ability to achieve investment flexibility (build to mean and burst to hybrid) and protection (utilize existing hardware), increased utilization, and never before possible security in the data center. In fact, security has proven to be one of the most compelling applications of the SDDC platform.


Download a full Data Center Micro-Segmentation White Paper

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Jun 12

KBTV Webinars – vCloud Connector and Datacenter Extension

This video is the thirteenth in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware’s product portfolio.

The title for this presentation is “vCloud Connector and Datacenter Extension”.
To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at

NOTE: This video is roughly 35 minute in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

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Jun 12

KBTV Webinars – vCloud Director Design and Scale

This video is the third in a new series of free Webinars that we are releasing in which our Technical Support staff members present on various topics across a wide range of VMware’s product portfolio.
The title for this presentation is “vCloud Director – Design and Scale” and it dives into some best practices and recommendations as to how you can design your vCloud Director product infrastructure and how best to scale it out.

This presentation was originally broadcast live on Thursday 12th March 2015.
To see the details of upcoming webinars in this series, see the Support Insider Blog post at…

NOTE: This video is roughly 1 hour in length so it would be worth blocking out some time to watch it!

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Mar 01

Automating the Software Defined Data Center

This video explores how cloud automation and management combined with software defined services will drive the next round IT efficiency improvements.

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Jan 05

The Software-Defined Data Center

VMware CTO Steve Herrod, Executive Vice President, Cloud Infrastructure and Management Raghu Raghuram, and Senior Vice President of Cloud Infrastructure Products Bogomil Balkansky describe the software-defined data center, the datacenter platform that removes the traditional constraints and complexity of infrastructure operations by recasting infrastructure services as virtual software services, layered atop of industry standard hardware, that are automatically and dynamically configured to meet the needs of any and all application workloads. The software defined data center delivers the peak of automation, flexibility and efficiency optimized for each and every application.

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Sep 02

Storage Virtualization

VMware Certified Instructor and Senior Technical Trainer Brian Watrous describes the features of storage virtualization, including profile driven storage, automated load balancing, VSAN (host-based distributed storage), vVOLS (VMDK awareness), vFlash (integrating flash devices with vSphere) and Virsto (performance improvement and reduction in storage requirements).

Rating: 5/5

Sep 02

Automating the Software-Defined Data Center

This video explores how cloud automation and management combined with software defined services will drive the next round IT efficiency improvements.

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