VMware Validated Design Documentation

VMware Validated Design is a family of solutions for data center designs that span compute, storage, networking, and management, serving as a blueprint for your Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC) implementation. The documentation of VMware Validated Design consists of succeeding deliverables for all stages of the SDDC life cycle.

All our documentation also comes in PDF, which you can access by selecting the PDF download icon while reading a page or viewing a search result.

This page covers the following topics:

Guided Documentation Map

The documentation of VMware Validated Design implements a sequence which reflects the stages for implementing and maintaining an SDDC.

Figure 1. Visual Map of the VMware Validated Design Documentation
VMware Validated Design documentation contains guidance on building and maintaining an SDDC. In addition to the step-by-step SDDC deployment, the documentation addresses most required post-deployment guidance.

VMware Validated Design supports three SDDC implementations – Standard SDDC, ROBO SDDC, and Consolidated SDDC. See SDDC Architectures.

After you deploy the SDDC, VMware Validated Design provides several types of post-deployment guidance:

  • Operational guidance
  • Security and compliance guidance
  • Scenarios for using the system according to an IT use case, such as workload provisioning and intelligent monitoring
  • Guidance on adding workload domains with an architecture for VMware software that is additional to the list of required products.

You can also use technical notes to adjust your system to a certain network and data center setup.

For information on the document types, see VMware Validated Design Documentation Structure and Audience. For information on Standard SDDC, Consolidated SDDC, and ROBO SDDC architectures, see VMware Validated Design SDDC Architectures.

Overview of Documentation Delivery

The VMware Validated Design documentation is published in several iterations. At the release date, the core documents that introduce VMware Validate Design and provide guidance on the SDDC design, planning, and deployment become available live. The remaining documents are updated in groups until the entire set is compliant with the Bill of Materials of the VMware Validated Design release.

What’s New in VMware Validated Design 5.1.x

See VMware Validated Design 5.1 Release Notes and VMware Validated Design 5.1.1 Release Notes.

Latest Available Documentation

Use the following documents, available for the latest or earlier release of VMware Validated Design, to design and implement a validated SDDC.

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Hands-on Labs for the SDDC

For hands-on experience with the SDDC, try the Software-Defined Data Center hands-on labs.

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