VxRail HCI System Software consists of multiple, integrated software elements that extend VMware native capabilities to deliver a seamless, automated, operational experience, keeping the infrastructure in a pre-validated configuration to ensure workloads are consistently up and running. VxRail HCI System Software is pre-installed on the VxRail system as a single virtual machine. The software services in VxRail HCI System Software can be grouped into three main areas: lifecycle management for predictable outcomes, management flexibility and extensibility, and simplified services and support experience.
Lifecycle management for predictable outcomes:
Management flexibility and extensibility:
Simplified services and support experience:
Figure 8. Core components of VxRail HCI System Software
VxRail HCI System Software architecture is shown in Figure 9. When used for a cloud deployment use case, the VxRail HCI System Software sits in between the infrastructure layer and cloud orchestration software. Local management features include vCenter Plug-ins, LCM, Serviceability via eServices and SRS, and Health Alerts. The extensibility of VxRail HCI System Software is available to VMware SDDC solutions like VMware Cloud Foundation including backend APIs, SaaS multi-cluster management, and open REST APIs for configuration management solutions (i.e. Puppet, Ansible).
Figure 9. VxRail HCI System Software architecture