SDDC Manager automates configuration, provisioning, and lifecycle management of the entire SDDC stack, making it simple for the administrators to build and maintain the SDDC. It also automates the installation and configuration of vRealize Suite components. SDDC Manager complements well-known VMware management tools such as vCenter Server and vRealize Operations that continue to be available for advanced administration tasks and integration with third-party software tools.
Figure 32. SDDC Manager main dashboard
The automated deployment of VMware Cloud Foundation is performed with the help of Cloud Builder, which manages the orchestration of the initial deployment and configuration of an SDDC platform ensuring that it adheres to the architecture best practices outlined within VMware Validated Designs. Cloud Builder creates the management domain with the VMware SDDC components. Cloud Builder has been uniquely engineered to integrate with VxRail. It is aware of the VxRail architecture and VxRail Manager. When Cloud Builder is deployed with the VxRail profile enabled, it only deploys the additional platform components that have not already been deployed by VxRail Manager such as SDDC Manager, NSX, etc.