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Future of Bare Metal Edge

We're running our edges on a dedicated two-node ESXi cluster, which is made of over 7 years old server hardware. There is nothing wrong in it, as those old virtualisation servers are beefy enough to run the current edge loads smoothly.

Still as a modernisation and energy saving effort I was thinking of disposing those dinosaurs and get instead few modern pizza boxes to do the job, and because I'm dedicating these host for edges I thought taking the bare metal way.

However the list of supported NIC hardware for BM edge is ridiculously old. There are no modern ConnectX6 series card from Nvidia, no any Intel E810s, or any Broadcoms at all. Should I take that as a hint "don't choose BM Edges, we're not updating them anymore to support any modern hardware"?     

I'm referring to a list https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-NSX/4.0/installation/GUID-14C3F618-AB8D-427E-AC88-F05D1A04DE40.htm...

 

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