SDDC Deployment and Best Practices Guide on AWS - SDDC Deployment and Best Practices Guide on AWS

SDDC Deployment and Best Practices Guide on AWS

Publication date: May 20, 2021 (Document revisions)

This guide is intended for IT infrastructure architects, administrators, and IT professionals who are planning to implement a VMware Cloud Software Defined Data Center (SDDC). It contains the steps and considerations required to stand up an SDDC as well as leveraging best practices and recommendations.

The information is written for readers who have used vSphere in an on-premises environment and are familiar with virtualization concepts.

A moderate knowledge of Amazon Web Services (AWS) is useful, but is not required.

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

For more expert guidance and best practices for your cloud architecture—reference architecture deployments, diagrams, and whitepapers—refer to the AWS Architecture Center.

To prepare for deployment, you should understand design decisions and gather necessary information. This deployment guide provides planning considerations and step-by-step instructions.

This guide covers the following planning considerations:

  • Architecture

  • Personnel

  • Account requirements

  • AWS infrastructure

  • Network planning

Additionally, the guide provides you with step-by-step instructions to activate VMware Cloud on AWS and create your first SDDC.

Are you Well-Architected?

The AWS Well-Architected Framework helps you understand the pros and cons of the decisions you make when building systems in the cloud. The six pillars of the Framework allow you to learn architectural best practices for designing and operating reliable, secure, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable systems. Using the AWS Well-Architected Tool, available at no charge in the AWS Management Console, you can review your workloads against these best practices by answering a set of questions for each pillar.

For more expert guidance and best practices for your cloud architecture—reference architecture deployments, diagrams, and whitepapers—refer to the AWS Architecture Center.

Introduction

To prepare for deployment, you should understand design decisions and gather necessary information. This deployment guide provides planning considerations and step-by-step instructions.

This guide covers the following planning considerations:

  • Architecture

  • Personnel

  • Account requirements

  • AWS infrastructure

  • Network planning

Additionally, the guide provides you with step-by-step instructions to activate VMware Cloud on AWS and create your first SDDC.

Before you begin

Planning a VMware Cloud on AWS deployment requires a moderate level of familiarity with AWS. If you’re new to AWS, visit the AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) site and the Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) site. These will help provide you with the foundational constructs you need. These sites provide materials for learning how to design, deploy, and operate your infrastructure and applications on the AWS Cloud.