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VCF Licensing, processor requirements

What is the processor licensing requirement for VCF?

Is it a minimum of 2 processors per a node? Or can it be 1 processor per a node?

We have a quote for nodes using 2 processors per a management node, it seems excessive to use 2 processors.

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Hello RealQuiet​,

For Management domain servers, single CPU per node is supported for Hybrid configurations in 3.7 or earlier versions and for both Hybrid/All-Flash in 3.8 and later versions, as you can see from the documentation this changed in 3.8 (and onwards):

3.10 (same in 3.8)

Minimum Hardware Requirements

3.7:

Minimum Hardware Requirements

And as mentioned here:

https://www.viktorious.nl/2019/11/21/vcf-3-8-3-9-hardware-requirements-updated-new-sizing-options-fo...

So, the main point here is that vSAN ReadyNodes are going to be used here and you will see that the only current ones (that I can find anyway) with single-CPU are AMD as opposed to Intel - A lot of these have far higher core-counts and thus you should be mindful of costs here - while you may save on a CPU, current VMware licensing is that for any product (including both ESXi and vSAN) that is licensed 'Per-CPU/Socket' that this is capped at 32-cores per license, e.g. if you have a 48 or 64-core CPU this will cost the same as a lower-core 2-CPU configuration for both ESXi and vSAN licensing.

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/pdf/vi_vsan_rn_guide.pdf


Bob

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