Comprehensive and Extensively-Tested Blueprints to Build and Operate a Software-Defined Data Center

The VMware Validated Designs provide comprehensive and extensively-tested blueprints to build and operate a Software-Defined Data Center. 

With the VMware Validated Designs, VMware delivers holistic data center-level designs to deploy and configure the complete VMware SDDC in a wide range of scenarios with detailed guidance on how to operate effeciently.


What is a VMware Validated Design?

Introduction to VMware Validated Designs.

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VMware Validated Designs are available for download as free public documentation.

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  • VMware Validated Design for Software-Defined Data Center 4.3
    • Updated software bill of materials (BOM) that includes: vSphere 6.5 U2, vSAN 6.6.1 U2, NSX 6.4.1, vRealize Log Insight 4.6, vRealize Operations 6.7, vRealize Business 7.4, and vRealize Automation 7.4
    • Step-by-step upgrade guidance to the new BOM is provided for existing VVD 4.2 customers and it covers multi-availability zones and dual region deployments
    • vRealize components are now deployed using vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) v1.2. It greatly simplifies the deployment of the VVD and can be used for both standard and consolidated designs
    • The configuration of the vRealize Automation appliance is updated to support a 3-node cluster and automatic failover of the PostgreSQL database. Existing 2-node clusters can be easily upgraded to 3-node clusters by following the upgrade guide
    • An early access version of using NSX-T within a Compute Workload Domain document has been made available. The early preview includes the architecture and design guidance, with the detailed implementation guidance to follow
    • A new SDDC Certification Tool is available as a VMware Fling which automates the manual steps of certification lifecycle as outlined in the VVD
    • Consolidated SDDC design and deployment guidance is available alongside the core set of standard SDDC documents
    • The layout of VVD collaterals at the primary document portal has been re-organized and optimized which makes it significantly easier for customers to find the relevant materials

VMware Validated Designs Deliver:

Accelerate Time to Market

Following a VMware Validated Design streamlines and simplifies the usually complex design process of the SDDC, shortening the deployment and provisioning cycles.

De-risk Deployments and Operations

Rigorously tested and continuously validated, the VMware Validated Designs reduce uncertainty and potential risks associated with implementing and operating the SDDC by ensuring interoperability and compatibility of all software components included in the design.

Increase Efficiency

A VMware Validated Design provides detailed, step-by-step operational guidance to greatly reduce time and effort spent on tasks such as setting up monitoring and alerts, developing backup and restore procedures and ensuring compliance with industry standards.

Drive IT Agility

The VMware Validated Designs are designed for scalability and to support a broad set of scenarios and diverse types of applications, helping IT to respond faster to the needs of the business.



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Standardized, Data Center-Level Designs

A VMware Validated Design defines a standardized, scalable architecture design comprehensively tested for integration and interoperability among all the software components defined in the bill of materials.

Proven and Robust Designs

Each design is developed by experts and rigorously tested and validated to provide successful deployment and efficient operations. Continuous interoperability testing helps a VMware Validated Design stay valid as subsequent versions of components are released.

Applicable to a Broad Set of Scenarios

The VMware Validated Designs are available in a variety of scenarios – SDDC, IT Automating IT, Intelligent Operations, ROBO – and provide the guidance to achieve a wide variety of desired IT outcomes delivered by the SDDC, such as app security, IT automation, monitoring and alerting, high availability, disaster recovery, etc.

Comprehensive Documentation

The VMware Validated Designs are captured in a comprehensive set of documents that describe the software bill of materials, the fundamentals of the architecture design and the best practices on how to deploy, integrate and operate the SDDC.


Free Public Documentation


For customer interested in implementing the VMware SDDC with in-house skillset, the VMware Validated Designs are available as free public documentation. 


Documentation in a VMware Validated Design includes: Release Notes, Introduction Guide, Architecture and Design, Planning and Preparation, Deployment and Operations Documentation


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VMware Professional Services


VMware Professional Services delivers the right expertise and collaboration for a rapid implementation of your SDDC architecture based on the VMware Validated Designs. 


Achieve faster value, increase business efficiency and improve end user productivity with our project assistance and knowledge transfer.


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Certified Partner Architecture


VMware is partnering with the most prestigious System Integrators to provide access to VMware Validated Designs.


The Certified Partner Architecture program certifies SDDC architectures available from VMware Partners to ensure that they comply with the guidance established by the VMware Validated Design for SDDC.


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VMware and Accenture: Value-Added IT

VMware Software-Defined Data Center provides the foundation for Accenture's private cloud solution.

Meet your compliance requirements and risk objectives

Learn how VMware Validated Designs define a Compliance Capable SDDC through the work from the VMware Compliance and Cyber Risk Solutions (CCRS) team.