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

Note: The following conditions apply to the hosts for the NSX Edge nodes:
  • NSX Edge nodes are supported only on ESXi-based hosts with Intel-based and AMD-based chipsets.

    Otherwise, vSphere EVC mode may prevent NSX Edge nodes from starting, showing an error message in the console.

  • If vSphere EVC mode is enabled for the host for the NSX Edge VM, the CPU must be Haswell or later generation.
  • Only VMXNET3 vNIC is supported for the NSX Edge VM.
NSX Cloud Note: If using NSX Cloud, note that the NSX Public Cloud Gateway( PCG) is deployed in a single default size for each supported public cloud. See Deploy the NSX Public Cloud Gateway for details.

NSX Edge VM Resource Requirements

Appliance Size Memory vCPU Disk Space VM Hardware Version Notes
NSX Edge Small 4 GB 2 200 GB 11 or later (vSphere 6.0 or later)

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

Note: L7 rules are not realized on a Tier-1 gateway if you deploy a small sized NSX Edge VM.
NSX Edge Medium 8 GB 4 200 GB 11 or later (vSphere 6.0 or later) The NSX Edge Medium appliance size is suitable for production environments with load balancing.
NSX Edge Large 32 GB 8 200 GB 11 or later (vSphere 6.0 or later) The NSX Edge Large appliance size is suitable for production environments with load balancing. See Scaling Load Balancer Resources in the NSX-T Data Center Administration Guide.
NSX Edge Extra Large 64 GB 16 200 GB 11 or later (vSphere 6.0 or later) The NSX Edge Extra Large appliance size is suitable for production 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)
  • AMD EPYC™ 7XX1 series (Naples)
  • AMD EPYC™ 3000 Embedded Family and newer
  • AMD EPYC™ 7XX2 series (Rome)