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  • Executive Summary Today‘s global economy is driven by data. Businesses of all types and sizes continually find new ways to drive better decision making and profitability through large-scale analytics based on massive and ever-growing datasets. At the same time, the pace of change continues to accelerate, with greater agility taking on a major role as a driver of competitive advantage. That leaves IT organizations struggling to provide massive computing resources that can turn on a dime, even as their budgets continue to shrink.

    A hybrid cloud infrastructure is an innovative approach to meeting the need to do more with less. Combining the benefits of on-premises infrastructure with those of public clouds, this model is gaining traction as a forward-looking approach for businesses as they adapt their existing computing resources to emerging needs. Co-engineered solution stacks from VMware and Intel offer a path forward through this field of opportunity.

    This reference architecture (RA) demonstrates how to build security-enabled, scalable, and high-performance infrastructures and services that are easily consumable, like database as a service (DBaaS). The solution described in this RA is based on the Intel® Select Solutions for VMware Cloud Foundation* reference design. The hardware stack for the solution is built from VMware vSAN ReadyNodes* based on Intel® Server Board S2600WF platforms. The platforms include the latest generation of Intel® Xeon® Platinum processors and Intel Xeon Gold processors. For high-performance, all-flash software-defined storage, the platforms include Intel® Optane™ Solid State Drive (SSD) DC P4800X Series drives and Intel® SSD DC P4500 Series with NVM Express* (NVMe*) drives. For accelerated software-defined network, the platforms use 10 Gb Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X710. The Intel® Data Center Blocks for Cloud (Intel® DCB for Cloud) for vSAN ReadyNodes are fully validated, pre-configured server systems that include VMware* certifications for VMware vSAN*.

    From a software perspective, the solution consists of VMware Cloud Foundation, including the VMware vSphere* hypervisor with vSAN, VMware NSX*, and VMware SDDC Manager* providing infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) capabilities. The solution also includes VMware vRealize Automation* suite, which allows delivering platform-as-a-service (PaaS)-like capabilities to end users through a self-service portal.

    Build an Easily Consumable and Scalable Hybrid Cloud

    Hybrid Cloud

    Intel® Select Solutions for VMware Cloud Foundation* offer easily consumable infrastructure and services built on a security-enabled, scalable, and high-performance hybrid cloud.

    Authors Krzysztof Ciepłucha, Cloud Solutions Architect, DCG, DSG, SDSG, Intel Patryk Wolsza, Cloud Solutions Architect, DCG, DSG, SDSG, Intel Karol Szwaj, Cloud Solutions Engineer, DCG, DSG, SDSG, Intel Łukasz Redynk, Cloud Solutions Engineer, DCG, DSG, SDSG, Intel

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  • Reference Architecture | Build an Easily Consumable and Scalable Hybrid Cloud

    Table of Contents

    Executive Summary .......................................................................1

    Authors ................................................................................................1

    Reference Architecture Overview ...........................................3

    VMware vRealize Automation* Basic Concepts ................................................................................4

    Logical Architecture and Multi-Tenancy ..............................................................................4

    Default User Accounts .............................................................4

    Service Catalog and Catalog Items ....................................5

    Services ..........................................................................................5

    Actions ............................................................................................5

    Entitlements .................................................................................5

    Blueprints ......................................................................................5

    Hardware Specification ...............................................................5

    Software Specification .................................................................7

    VMware Cloud Foundation Deployment ......................................................................................8

    Hardware Configuration and Wiring .....................................................................................8

    Imaging Infrastructure Preparation ...................................................................................8

    VMware Cloud Foundation Imaging ...........................................................................................8

    VMware Cloud Foundation Bring-Up .........................................................................................9

    Creating Workload Domains .............................................. 10

    vRealize Automation Deployment ........................................13

    vRealize Automation Infrastructure Overview ......................................................................................13

    IaaS Web Server .......................................................................13

    Manager Service .......................................................................13

    Microsoft SQL Server* Database ......................................13

    Distributed Execution Manager (DEM) .............................................................................................13

    Agents ...........................................................................................13

    Load Balancers ..........................................................................13

    vRealize Automation Deployment Prerequisites ..............................................................................13

    Active Directory* Service and Account................................................................................14

    Time Synchronization ............................................................14

    SQL Server ..................................................................................14

    Multi-SAN Certificates for vRealize Automation Components.....................................................14

    Network Configuration ..........................................................15

    Windows 2012 R2* Template for IaaS ......................................................................................... 16

    vRealize Automation Deployment in VMware SDDC Manager* ..................................................... 16

    Starting the VMware vRealize Orchestrator* Service ........................................................... 21

    Connecting Workload Domains to vRealize Automation ............................................................. 23

    vRealize Automation Initial Configuration and Blueprints Deployment ................................................................................... 24

    Initial Configuration ............................................................... 24

    Fabric Group Creation........................................................... 24

    Linux* Template VM Preparation .................................... 24

    Data Collection ......................................................................... 25

    Configure the vRealize Orchestrator Plug-in for VMware vCenter* ............................................ 25

    Blueprint Import ...................................................................... 26

    Obtaining the Script and Blueprints .............................. 26

    Script Configuration .............................................................. 26

    Script Execution ...................................................................... 26

    Script Functionality Overview .......................................... 26

    Final Configuration ................................................................. 27

    Machine Prefixes ..................................................................... 27

    Testing .......................................................................................... 28

    Example Blueprints ................................................................ 29

    Workload Migration .................................................................... 30

    A Consumable and Scalable Hybrid Cloud ................................................................................................. 32

    Learn More ..................................................................................... 32

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  • Reference Architecture | Build an Easily Consumable and Scalable Hybrid Cloud

    Reference Architecture Overview The RA consists of three key layers: the hardware infrastructure upon which the solution is constructed, VMware Cloud Foundation with its suite of products and services, and vRealize Automation suite with supporting automation script and service blueprints (see Figure 1).

    The hardware-infrastructure layer consists of servers and network switches. The solution can scale from a single rack with eight servers up to eight racks and 256 total servers—all of which can be managed from a single instance. Heterogeneous server configurations are supported, enabling users to run