At this point in time, decisions are made on the overall Cloud Foundation architecture based on best practices and use case requirements:
Once the decisions have been made on workload and network planning, the work effort transitions to a professional services engagement. This planning and design phase will commence while awaiting equipment delivery from Dell Technologies manufacturing to your site locations. The solutions architect will walk through the deployment process using information gathered in the initial planning phase, and capture the detailed design and configuration settings for the initial deployment of Cloud Foundation on VxRail.
The design and configuration settings will include the properties for the planned VxRail clusters and the Cloud Foundation Cloud Builder virtual appliance, a tool that is used in initial deployment of Cloud Foundation on VxRail. The solutions architect will also perform a validation of the data center environment based on the captured configuration settings to make sure all the prerequisites have been met.
If a requirement is the future deployment of the vRealize management software to support workload and application requirements, the solutions architect will need to capture additional configuration settings for the Application Virtual Network. The Application Virtual Network (AVN) provides connectivity to the external network for Cloud Foundation on VxRail during initial deployment. The deployment of vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager on the management workload domain, the tool which downloads and deploys the vRealize management software, depends on the Application Virtual Network.
Figure 6. SDDC Manager uses AVN to download and deploy vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager
If Dell Technologies is responsible for the configuration of the switches enabling network connectivity for the Cloud Foundation on VxRail infrastructure, those services will be performed after the networking hardware is installed and cabled in the data center. This work effort will include configuring uplinks to the data center network. The VxRail clusters and VMware Cloud Foundation are dependent on the supporting network infrastructure to be properly configured, and for all required data center and network services to be properly configured, before actual deployment.