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Enhanced vMotion (EVC)

vSphere Enhanced vMotion is a feature through which workload can be live migrated from one ESXi host to another ESXi host which are running on different CPU generation but with same cpu vendor.

EVC in vSphere was introduced in vSphere 5.1 using vMotion and Storage vMotion terminology. EVC can be enabled at the vSphere ESXi Cluster and on VM's.

Figure 1
VMware EVC Mode works by masking unsupported processor having different generation of same vendor and presenting a homogeneous processor to all the vm's in a cluster.

The benefit of EVC is that you can add ESXi host consist of latest processors to exising cluster without incurring any downtime.


The VMware Compatibility Guide is the best way to determine which EVC modes are compatible with the processors used in your cluster. 

Below in  figure 1 demonstrates how to determine which EVC mode to use given 3 types of Intel processors.


Figure 2

The steps consists of to identify.
  • Locate the ESXi version 
  • Hold down the CTRL key and select the type of processors from the CPU Series list.
  • Press the CPU/EVC matrix button to view the results.

To enable EVC, one must ensure that ESXi hosts in cluster satisfy below conditions:

  • All ESXi host in the cluster must be configured with vMotion
  • All ESXi in cluster must have one CPU vendor (Either AMD or Intel.
  • ESXi host must be connected to the vCenter Server.
  • Virtualization feature like Intel-VT and AMD-V must be enabled for all the ESXi host in server BIOS.

The results states that we can only use EVC modes Merom or the Penryn. This means we have to sacrifice some features exclusive to the Intel i7 processor. 

This is the stage at which you have to decide whether you’re better off getting new servers as opposed to adding old ESXi host of the cluster.



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