NSX Edge - features, performance

VMware NSX Edge is a virtual data center solution that provides routing, Firewall, NAT, DHCP, Site to Site VPN, SSL VPN-Plus, Load Balancing, High Availability, syslog functions. It is physically implemented as a virtual machine connected to the virtual data center networks and to external networks (Internet).

Characteristics of EDGE virtual machines:     

 

Edge (Compact)

Edge (Large)

Edge (Quad-Large)

Edge (X-Large)

vCPU

1

2

4

6

Memory

512 MB

1 GB

1 GB

8 GB

Disk

512 MB

512 MB

512 MB

4.5 GB


         
Tested configuration limits:

Limit

Edge

Number of interfaces

10

Number of firewall rules

2,000

Number of NAT rules

2,000

Number of DHCP pools

25

Number of static routes

2048

Number of load balancer pools

64

Number of load balancer virtual servers

64

Number of members per load balancer pool

32

Concurrent IPSec VPN Tunnels

512(compact), 1600(Large), 4096(Quad-Large), 6000(X-Large)

Concurrent SSL VPN Tunnels

50(compact), 100(Large), 100(Quad-Large), 1000(X-Large)


         
Comparison of Firewall performance:

 

Edge (Compact)

Edge (Large)

Firewall Performance (Gbps)

3

9.7

Concurrent Sessions

64,000

1,000,000

New sessions/second

8,000

50,000


 
        
VMware recommends using Edge type Large for balancing:

 

Edge (Large)

Edge (Quad-Large)

Edge(X-Large)

Load balancer throughput – L7 Proxy Mode (Gbps)

2.2

2.2

3

Load balancer connections / sec – L7 Proxy Mode

46,000

50,000

50,000

Load balancer concurrent connections – L7 Proxy Mode

8,000

60,000

60,000

 

Performance measurement was done in firewall accept mode.

 

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