If you enable vSphere Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) in the management domain, the virtual machines of the management components in VMware Cloud Foundation can be migrated between ESXi hosts containing older CPUs. You can use EVC for a rolling upgrade of all hardware with zero downtime.

EVC works only with CPUs from the same manufacturer and there are limits to the version difference gaps between the CPU families.

Table 1. Design Decisions on Enhanced vMotion Compatibility for the Management Domain

Decision ID

Design Decision

Design Justification

Design Implication

VCF-MGMT-VCS-CLS-017

Enable Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) on all clusters in the management domain.

Supports cluster upgrades without virtual machine downtime.

You can enable EVC only if the clusters contain hosts with CPUs from the same vendor.

VCF-MGMT-VCS-CLS-018

Set the cluster EVC mode to the highest available baseline that is supported for the lowest CPU architecture on the hosts in the cluster.

Supports cluster upgrades without virtual machine downtime.

None