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

System requirements for Virtual Machines (VMs)

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


Other than recommended and minimum hardware requirements, this information pertains only to VMs. It is not intended for kernel-based virtual machines (KVMs).

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

Each instance of AWS Elemental Live is considered a guest.

We recommend one AWS Elemental Live virtual machine per host hardware.

For other AWS Elemental Conductor Live 3, make sure the combined loads for all products do not exceed recommended hardware requirements. See the following sections for details.

Recommended hardware

The resources that you have available impact your performance. For encoders, 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.

AWS Elemental Conductor Live 3
  • RAM: 16 GB

  • Disk space: 500 GB

  • CPU cores: 24

  • Processor speed: 2.3 GHz or more (Comparable to an Intel Xeon processor E5-2630)

AWS Elemental Live
  • RAM: 16 GB

  • Disk space: 500 GB

  • CPU cores: 32

  • Processor speed: 2.0 GHz or more (Comparable to an Intel Xeon processor E5-2650)

Minimum hardware requirements

You can use host hardware with these minimum resources to run AWS Elemental Live or Conductorfor functional testing or for integrating with the AWS Elemental software API. These resource levels are not for performance testing.

  • RAM: 12 GB

  • Disk space: 400 GB

  • CPU cores: 8

Compatible hardware platform

Verify that the host hardware platform is compatible with the VMware platform. Look at the VMware Compatibility Guide at AWS Elemental has specifically tested and qualified the following hardware:

  • Cisco UCS

  • HP ProLiant BL460c Gen8 Server Blade in an HP C7000 enclosure

  • Supermicro SuperBlade and Supermicro SYS-1027GR-TRF