System requirements for Virtual Machines (VMs) - AWS Elemental Live

System requirements for Virtual Machines (VMs)

This section describes the system requirements for AWS Elemental Live if you're using a virtual machine (VM).

Constraints with VMs

The VMs must be deployed on on-premise hardware. Cloud-based VMs are not supported. To implement video transcoding in the cloud, see AWS Elemental MediaLive.

Required software

This is the software that you need when using a VM.

  • VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) version 6 or higher, installed onto bare-metal hardware.

  • VMware vCenter Server, required to install the AWS Elemental OVA.

  • VMware vSphere web client or desktop client.


Do not use the free versions of these products; they do not include all the required features.

Guests per host hardware

We recommend one virtual machine per host hardware.

Recommended hardware requirements

The resources that you have available impact your performance. The resources determine the speed for encoding assets and the number of streams, bitrate, and type of encoding that's possible. We recommend the following hardware specifications for optimum performance.

  • RAM: 32 GB

  • Disk space: 500 GB

  • CPU cores: 32

  • Processor speed: 2.3 GHz or more

    The processor must support Page Address Extension

    Comparable to an Intel Xeon 6250 processor, or to an AMD EPYC 7502P processor

Minimum hardware requirements

The following minimum host hardware resource levels are not for performance testing. You can use them to run AWS Elemental Live for functional testing, or for integrating with the AWS Elemental software API.

  • RAM: 16 GB

  • Disk space: 400 GB

  • CPU cores: 6

  • Processor speed: 2.3 GHz or more

    Comparable to an Intel Xeon E-2276G processor, or to an AMD Opteron 1352 processor

Compatible hardware platform

The host hardware platform must be compatible with the VMware platform. For information, contact your AWS Elemental Sales Team.