Cloud Foundation on VxRail is dependent on access to external sites outside of the customer data center for certain features and functionality to work.
Figure 67. Access to external Dell and VMware web services
- The subscription model requires access to the VMware cloud through the vCenter Cloud Gateway virtual appliance for license activation. This needs to be accomplished before any workload domains can be configured.
- Direct access to customer service sites for both VMware and Dell provides a more efficient response process to support issues, and a streamlined method to perform lifecycle management. Access can be configured to directly connect with support services, or a proxy server can be used to align with networking security policies.
- Dell’s ‘call-home’ feature enables VxRail Manager to directly contact support services in the event of the serious or critical failure, thereby expediting resolution with Dell support. The Dell Secure Connect Gateway virtual appliance can be deployed in the data center to consolidate ‘call-home’ connectivity for Dell products in the data center. As an alternative, direct connectivity by VxRail Manager is also supported.