When you deploy the vCenter Server Appliance or Platform Services Controller appliance, the ESXi host or DRS cluster on which you deploy the appliance must meet minimum storage requirements. The required storage depends not only on the size of the vSphere environment and the storage size, but also on the disk provisioning mode.

Storage Requirements for the vCenter Server Appliance

The storage requirements are different for each vSphere environment size and depend on your database size requirements.

Table 1. Storage Requirements for a vCenter Server Appliance with an Embedded or External Platform Services Controller
Default Storage Size Large Storage Size X-Large Storage Size
Tiny environment (up to 10 hosts or 100 virtual machines) 300 GB 825 GB 1700 GB
Small environment (up to 100 hosts or 1,000 virtual machines) 340 GB 870 GB 1750 GB
Medium environment (up to 400 hosts or 4,000 virtual machine) 525 GB 1025 GB 1905 GB
Large environment (up to 1,000 hosts or 10,000 virtual machines) 740 GB 1090 GB 1970 GB
X-Large environment (up to 2,000 hosts or 35,000 virtual machines) 1180 GB 1230 GB 2110 GB
Note: The storage requirements include the requirements for the VMware Update Manager that runs as a service in the vCenter Server Appliance.

Storage Requirements for the Platform Services Controller Appliance

The storage requirement for an external Platform Services Controller appliance is 60 GB.