Your NSX Manager cluster configuration will vary depending on whether your deployment is for single, dual, or multiple sites.

You can use vSphere HA with NSX-T Data Center to enable quick recovery if the host running the NSX Manager node fails.

Note: See Creating and Using vSphere HA Clusters in the vSphere product documentation.

Single Site Requirements and Recommendations

The following recommendations apply to single site NSX-T Data Center deployments.

  • It is recommended that you place your NSX Managers on different hosts to avoid a single host failure impacting multiple managers.
  • Maximum latency between NSX Managers is 10ms.
  • You can place NSX Managers in different vSphere clusters or in a common vSphere cluster.
  • It is recommended that you place NSX Managers in different management subnets or a shared management subnet. When using vSphere HA it is recommended to use a shared management subnet soNSX Managers that are recovered by vSphere can preserve their IP address.
  • It is recommended that you place NSX Managers on shared storage also. For vSphere HA, please review the requirements for that solution.

You can also use vSphere HA with NSX-T to provide recovery of a lost NSX Manager when the host where the NSX Manager is running fails.

Scenario example:
  • A vSphere cluster in which all three NSX Managers are deployed.
  • The vSphere cluster consists of four or more hosts:
    • Host-01 with nsxmgr-01 deployed
    • Host-02 with nsxmgr-02 deployed
    • Host-03 with nsxmgr-03 deployed
    • Host-04 with no NSX Manager deployed
  • vSphere HA is configured to recover any lost NSX Manager (e.g., nsxmgr-01) from any host (e.g., Host-01) to Host-04.
Thus, upon the loss of any hosts where a NSX Manager is running, vSphere recovers the lost NSX Manager on Host-04.

Dual Site Requirements and Recommendations

The following recommendations apply to dual site (Site A/Site B) NSX-T Data Center deployments.

  • It is not recommended to deploy NSX Managers in a dual-site scenario without vSphere HA. In this scenario, one site requires the deployment of twoNSX Managers and the loss of that site will impact the operation of NSX-T Data Center.
  • Deployment of NSX Managers in a dual site scenario with vSphere HA can be done with the following considerations:
    • A single stretched vSphere cluster contains all the hosts for NSX Managers.
    • All three NSX Managers are deployed to a common management subnet/VLAN to allow IP address preservation upon recovery of a lost NSX Managers.
    • For latency between sites, see the storage product requirements.
Scenario example:
  • A vSphere cluster in which all three NSX Managers are deployed.
  • The vSphere cluster consists of six or more hosts, with three hosts in Site A and three hosts in Site B.
  • The three NSX Managers are deployed to distinct hosts with additional hosts for placement of recovered NSX Managers:
    Site A:
    • Host-01 with nsxmgr-01 deployed
    • Host-02 with nsxmgr-02 deployed
    • Host-03 with nsxmgr-03 deployed
    Site B:
    • Host-04 with no NSX Manager deployed
    • Host-05 with no NSX Manager deployed
    • Host-06 with no NSX Manager deployed
  • vSphere HA is configured to recover any lost NSX Manager (e.g., nsxmgr-01) from any host (e.g., Host-01) in Site A to one of the hosts in Site B.
Thus, upon failure of Site A, vSphere HA will recover all NSX Managers to hosts in site B.
Important: You must you properly configure anti-affinity rules to prevent NSX Managers from being recovered to the same common host.

Multiple (Three or More) Site Requirements and Recommendations

The following recommendations apply to multiple-site (Site A/Site B/Site C) NSX-T Data Center deployments.

In a scenario with three or more sites, you can deploy NSX Managers with or without vSphere HA.

If you deploy without vSphere HA:
  • It is recommended that you use separate management subnets or VLANs per site.
  • Maximum latency between NSX Managers is 10ms.
Scenario example (three sites):
  • Three separate vSphere clusters, one per site.
  • At least one host per site running NSX Manager:
    • Host-01 with nsxmgr-01 deployed
    • Host-02 with nsxmgr-02 deployed
    • Host-03 with nsxmgr-03 deployed
Failure scenarios:
  • Single site failure: Two remaining NSX Managers in other sites continue to operate. NSX-T Data Center is in a degraded state but still operational. It is recommended you manually deploy a third NSX Manager to replace the lost cluster member.
  • Two site failure: Loss of quorum and therefore impact to NSX-T Data Center operations.

Recovery of NSX Managers may take as long as 20 minutes depending on environmental conditions such as CPU speed, disk performance, and other deployment factors.