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 32 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 environments.

  • The NSX Edge Large appliance size is suitable for environments with load balancing. See Scaling Load Balancer Resources in the NSX-T Data Center Administration Guide.

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)