The VxRail software layers use VMware technology for server virtualization and software-defined storage. VxRail nodes are configured as ESXi hosts. VMs and services communicate using the virtual switches for logical networking.
The following figure provides a high-level overview of the VxRail HCI System Software operating system:
Figure 6. VxRail HCI System Software
The most used and most familiar feature of VxRail HCI System Software is VxRail Manager, which is the primary deployment and element manager for VxRail. VxRail Manager delivers automation, life-cycle management, support, and serviceability capabilities, integrated with vCenter and SDDC Manager.
VxRail Manager functionality is available in vCenter through an HTML5 plug-in. The initial deployment of VxRail clusters uses the native VxRail Manager process. VxRail Manager conducts life-cycle management through a fully integrated and seamless orchestrated process.
VxRail Manager features include: