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VMware's new NSX 6.2 update needs more memory and CPU power

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August 25, 2015

Without too much noise and fanfare, VMware has let its new NSX 6.2 update out in the wild.

So far, the biggest change is that you'll need more memory and CPU cycles to get NSX working correctly.

For its part, VMware says you'll now need at least 16 GB of memory for NSX Manager 6.2.x to work.

For a large installation, add another 8 GB of RAM and prepare to throw at least eight CPUs at the software.

What's large? VMware says any of the following tips you over into more-RAM-and-CPU largesse:

-- 100 hypervisors
-- 100 NSX Edges
-- 1,000 universal distributed firewall rules
-- 10,000 distributed firewall rules (non-universal)

Is this an upgrade or a bug fix release? You be the judge. On the upgrade side of the ledger you'll find plenty of new features that let NSX work across multiple vCenter instances, lots of new tools for system admins including a single CLU spanning several NSX edges, the ability for bridging to participate in distributed logical routing and better IP address discovery to help NSX impose security policies.

Buttressing the bug fix argument is a list of over fifty fixes and improvements, but there's also a long list of unresolved issues that VMware knows about but is leaving for another day.

So the question is, with SDN likely off the news agenda at VMworld, what can we expect from the show?

We've been briefed a bit, but only after promising not to tell. It will be interesting to see how this new update all pans out, but for now the question on everyone's mind is why does this update need so much memory and better CPU speeds?

Source: vmWare.

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