Before you install NSX Edge, make sure that your environment meets the supported requirements.

NSX Edge nodes are supported only on ESXi-based hosts with Intel-based chipsets. Otherwise, vSphere EVC mode may prevent NSX Edge nodes from starting, showing an error message in the console.

Note:

VMXNET 3 vNIC is supported only for the NSX Edge VM.

NSX Edge VM Resource Requirements

Appliance Size

Memory

vCPU

Disk Space

VM Hardware Version

NSX Edge Small

4 GB

2

200 GB

11 or later (vSphere 6.0 or later)

NSX Edge Medium

8 GB

4

200 GB

11 or later (vSphere 6.0 or later)

NSX Edge Large

16 GB

8

200 GB

11 or later (vSphere 6.0 or later)

Note:
  • The NSX Edge Small VM appliance size is suitable for lab and proof-of-concept deployments.

  • The NSX Edge Medium appliance size is suitable for a typical production environment and can support up to 64 hypervisors. The large appliance is for large-scale deployments with more than 64 hypervisors.

NSX Edge VM CPU Requirements

For the DPDK support, the underlaying platform needs to meet the following requirements:

  • CPU must have AESNI capability.

  • CPU must have 1 GB Huge Page support.

Hardware

Type

CPU

  • Intel Xeon E7-xxxx (Westmere-EX and later CPU generation)

  • Intel Xeon 56xx (Westmere-EP)

  • Intel Xeon E5-xxxx (Sandy Bridge and later CPU generation)

  • Intel Xeon Platinum (all generations)

  • Intel Xeon Gold (all generations)

  • Intel Xeon Silver (all generations)

  • Intel Xeon Bronze (all generations)