Cloud Foundation on VxRail makes operating the data center fundamentally simpler by bringing the ease and automation of the public cloud in-house by deploying a standardized and validated network flexible architecture with built in lifecycle automation for the entire cloud infrastructure stack including hardware. As shown in Figure 3, full stack automation is in place for day 0, day 1 and day 2 operations. On day 0, there is the automated deployment and installation of VxRail clusters and SDDC software. On day 1, there is the automated environment configuration and resource provisioning. On day 2 there is automated end to end infrastructure patch and upgrade.
Core components for Cloud Foundation on VxRail come from both VxRail and Cloud Foundation. VxRail provides the base HCI hardware, ESXi, vCenter, vSAN, VxRail Manager and Dell EMC SRS appliance. Cloud Foundation provides SDDC Manager, NSX and vRealize Log Insight (core includes license for the Management Domain only). Optional add-on components include the VMware vRealize Suite: VMware vRealize Operations™, VMware vRealize Log Insight™ (additional license for workload domains), VMware vRealize Automation™, and VMware vRealize Business for Cloud™; VMware vRealize Network Insight™, VMware Horizon® Suite: Horizon, and VMware App Volumes™; and VMware PKS™. Figure 4 illustrates the Cloud Foundation on VxRail core and optional components.
Figure 5 shows how Dell Technologies joint engineering efforts for VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail fit together and what unique value-added features are introduced by each component.
The base of the graphic is the standard VxRail appliance. Every VxRail provides the benefits of a jointly engineered HCI appliance that is built for VMware and is powered by vSphere, vSAN, and VxRail HCI System Software (which includes VxRail Manager) according to standardized HCI designs. With VxRail, a customer gets several highly valuable built in features that are driven by the capabilities of VxRail HCI System Software. These include scalable VxRail deployments, VxRail cluster creation and node add/remove capabilities, serviceability creation in vCenter, vCenter plugin for VxRail workflow automation, and more.
Since every VxRail is pre-validated to run the complete VMware SDDC software stack, it is important to understand how these components are developed and ultimately come together to form what is known as the VVD standard design. This is because, every Cloud Foundation for VxRail deployment is based on this standardized architecture. To comply with the VVD, all Cloud Foundation on VxRail hardware configurations must ensure that all VxRail appliances have four network ports per node.
In the context of the VVD, VMware has validated the suite of components (vSphere, vSAN, NSX, vRealize Suite, PKS, etc.), that when used together, provide all of the data center virtualization and cloud management services a customer needs to build a private cloud. VMware takes these components, performs interoperability testing on them, but also develops a set of standardized component level designs on how they should be configured with each other according to VMware best practices. It is when you combine both the component qualification with a set of documented and validated standardized SDDC level architecture designs that you have a fully validated VVD.
Cloud Builder is a standardized and automated SDDC deployment tool that has been made “VxRail aware” through VMware and Dell EMC co-engineering efforts. Cloud Builder helps automate the day 0 deployment of the VMware SDDC components and configure them according to the VVD standardized architecture, and can do so specifically on top of VxRail infrastructure. Essentially, Cloud Builder deploys Cloud Foundation on top of what VxRail Manager has already configured when deploying a VxRail cluster saving customers time and effort when setting up their SDDC infrastructure stack.
At the top of the graphic, VMware Cloud Foundation on VxRail, is an integrated and automated SDDC cloud platform co-engineered exclusively for VxRail that leverages the components and standardized architecture designs outlined in the VVD. Dell EMC and VMware joint engineering integration have added capabilities to SDDC Manager, exclusive for running Cloud Foundation for VxRail software on VxRail. These include integration between SDDC Manager and VxRail Manager to provide automated creation of vCenter and VxRail Workload Domains using NSX-V or NSX-T, automation for SDDC and VxRail Managers, and an industry exclusive, full end-to-end lifecycle automation management for the VxRail clusters and VMware SDDC software stack.