NSX for vSphere Configuration Maximums

This post describes the NSX for vSphere Configuration Maximums for version 6.0.x, 6.1.x and 6.2.x.

NSX for vsphere Configuration Maximums

Whenever I got into a discussions about sizing, scalability and maximums of NSX I always turned to an excellent post written by Martijn Smit. But this post only contained information until version 6.1.x and not the latest version 6.2.x. And then during one of my projects some questions around the scalability of version 6.2.x came up and we had to do some research to find these scalability numbers. You can find the results of that research below.

UPDATE: VMware has requested that I take down this article because I’ve used internal numbers that are only for use to help the field design deployments. Without other design information the numbers alone it could create support and competitive issues. Therefore I updated the article and removed the items that cannot be found on the official documentation center.

NSX 6.0 NSX 6.1 NSX 6.2
vCenter 1 1 1
Controllers 3 3 3
vCenter Clusters 12 12 16
Hosts per Cluster 32 32 32
Hosts per Transport Zone 256 256 256
Logical Switch 10,000 10,000 10,000
Logical Switch Ports 50,000 50,000 50,000
VXLAN/VLAN l2 Bridges per DLR 500 500 500
Identity Firewall
Active Directory Groups 3 500 500 500
Users per Group 3 1,000 1,000 1,000
Max # of users in a domain 3 500,000 500,000 500,000
VMs joined to a domain 1,000 1,000 1,000
Maximum # of domains 10 10 10
L3 Distributed Logical Router (DLR)
DLRs per ESXi host 100 1000 1000
DLRs per NSX Manager 1200 1200 1200
Interfaces per DLR 991 991 991
Uplinks per DLR 8 8 8
Interfaces per ESXi Host 10,000 10,000 10,000
OSPF Adjacencies per DLR 10 10 10
BGP Neighbors per DLR 10 10 10
Maximum Paths with ECMP 8 8
L3 Edge Service Gateway (ESG)
Maximum # of ESGs 4 2,000 2,000 2,000
Maximum # Interfaces 10 10 10
Maximum # of Sub-interfaces 200 200
Secondary IP addresses 2,000 2,000 2,000

1 As this is depending on multiple factors, please contact VMware for accurate estimate.
2 Number of records over 15 days.
3 At the moment there is no upper limit on any of the numbers, so the Active Directory Synchronization may work with even larger Active Directory setup.
4 HA does not have an impact on the maximum number of ESGs.

NSX for vsphere Configuration Maximums Disclaimer

These numbers can be used as a guidance and are not 110% confirmed by VMware. I’m still hopeful that VMware soon will publish an official NSX Maximum Configurations document and we do not have to gather these numbers from everywhere anymore. Only time will tell 🙂 enjoy!

Marco van Baggum

Marco works as a Staff Consulting Architect at VMware. Want to learn more about Marco? Check out Marco's About page.

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