One of the requirements for the VCDX submission is a set of Logical and Physical Design Blueprints. As the name suggests, the Blueprint collates all of the pertinent information from each technology silo of the Architecture Design into one document. I have heard of candidates not using a separate set of broadsheets and still being accepted, however my advice is take the time and effort to prepare the A3 diagrams.
When I first attempted the VCDX, I searched high and low for sample Blueprints that I could get ideas from with no real success. There are some limited examples in the vSphere Design Workshop student manual and the VCDX Boot Camp book.
My preference is a set of A3 broadsheets, which depending upon the size and complexity of the design will have the following pages:
- Logical Design Overview
- Physical Design Overview
- Compute Design – Logical & Physical components
- Network Design – Logical & Physical components
- Storage Design – Logical & Physical components
- Backup & Recovery Design – Logical & Physical components
- Disaster Recovery Design – Logical & Physical components
For example: VCDX_Blueprints. This example provides the first two pages of what is a nine page Blueprint. I firmly believe that a true architect uses their own brand of block diagrams and logos, with one exception, you can use vendor stencils for the physical blueprint.