The life-cycle of their Cloud Management Platform is of primary importance to customers. The CMP consists of multiple components that bring with them multiple integration points and dependencies. So the bonus of being able to automate the life-cycle of the CMP is a pretty big deal!

At a high level, here’s what you get with VVD on VxRail in terms of life-cycle management of the stack, from vRealize Automation down to the VxRail appliance.

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There are 2 lifecycle managers involved with VVD on VxRail:

  • vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM)
  • VxRail Manager

vRealize Suite Lifecycle Manager (vRSLCM) provides automated deployment, patching, and upgrade of the following vRealize Suite components for VVD:

  • vRealize Automation (vRA)
  • vRealize Operations Manager (vROps)
  • vRealize Log Insight (vRLI)
  • vRealize Business for Cloud (vRB4C)

vRSLCM provides pre-checks and validation across SDDC stack in advance of any upgrades, Health Monitoring, and also Configuration Management to protect against configuration drift across the components.

VxRail Manager provides a single UI from which the user can automatically detect and deploy and manage all VxRail appliances. Day-2 capabilities include:

  • The ability to expand the VxRail cluster with new nodes
  • Guide users through disk-replacements
  • Manage all patches, updates and upgrades for the VxRail appliances and vSphere hosts.

As the VVD on VxRail requires the use of an External vCenter Server deployment, the life-cycle of the vCenter Servers and Platform Services Controllers are manual operations.

** Update: As of the release of VMware Cloud Builder for VVD on VxRail, the initial deployment of NSX and associated components is now automated. The lifecycle however remains manual.

All deployment, configuration and upgrade of NSX Manager, Controllers and Edge devices is a manual operation.

@DavidCRing provides nice summaries of the VVD Bill Of Materials for v5.0 and v5.0.1

Hope that helps, thanks for reading!

Resources

VVD v5.0 on VxRail Deployment Guide

VxRail Techbook

VMware vRealize Lifecycle Manager Installation, Upgrade and Management

VMware vRealize Lifecycle Manager v1.2 Release Notes

VMware Cloud Builder for VVD (via @LifeOfBrian)

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