What are VMware Validated Designs?

VMware Validated Designs (VVD) are a set of comprehensive and extensively-tested blueprints for building and operating a standardized private cloud using VMware SDDC software. VVD delivers holistic datacenter-level designs to deploy and configure the complete VMware SDDC stack in a wide range of use cases, standard compliances, and detailed guidance to efficiently operate a VMware SDDC. These designs are developed with an emphasis of delivering customer scenarios and outcomes that are validated through the VMware Quality Engineering (QE) process. Implementing a VVD-based SDDC ensures customer to quickly realize business value, increase operating efficiency, and drives IT agility to support business requirements and growth.

Deliver the Right Architecture for the Software-Defined Data Center

The VMware Validated Design Certified Partner Architecture Program accelerates the adoption of standardization in use of the VMware Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) technologies by the partner ecosystem. The program provides partners VVD-based Solution Enablement Toolkit (SET), resources, knowledge and support required to deliver a VVD aligned SDDC architecture and use cases.

VMware experts will certify the partner SDDC architectures that are powered by VMware technologies (software-defined compute, network, storage and management) upon validating that it meets the VMware Validated Design guidelines.


  • Partners categorized as Independent Hardware Vendors (IHVs) or Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) must establish and maintain membership in the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) Program at either Elite level or Global Level.
  • Partners categorized as Solution Providers must establish and maintain membership in the VMware Partner Professional Services Program (PPSP) at either Enterprise or Premier Level.
  • Sign the VMware Validated Design Certified Architecture Program agreement as determined by VMware.
  • Observe the terms and conditions in the VMware Validated Design Certified Architecture Program guide.
  • Once the certification criteria are fulfilled, the partner’s SDDC design will be authorized to use the VMware Ready logo in the VMware Validated Design Certified Architecture category.

Visit the VMware Validated Design product page for additional information on VVD.

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