Shrink a CloudSimple Private Cloud

CloudSimple provides the flexibility to dynamically shrink a Private Cloud. A Private Cloud consists of one or more vSphere clusters. Each cluster can have 3 to 16 nodes. When shrinking a Private Cloud, you remove a node from the existing cluster or delete an entire cluster.

Before you begin

Following conditions must be met for shrink of a Private Cloud. Management cluster (first cluster) created when a Private Cloud was created cannot be deleted.

  • A vSphere cluster must have three nodes. A cluster with only three nodes cannot be shrunk.
  • Total storage consumed should not exceed the total capacity after shrink of the cluster.

Sign in to Azure

Sign in to the Azure portal at

Shrink a Private Cloud

  1. Access the CloudSimple portal.

  2. Open the Resources page.

  3. Click on the Private Cloud you want to shrink.

  4. On the summary page, click Shrink.

    Shrink private cloud

  5. Select the cluster that you want to shrink or delete.

    Shrink private cloud - select cluster

  6. Select Remove one node or Delete the whole cluster.

  7. Verify the cluster capacity.

  8. Click Submit to shrink the Private Cloud.

The shrink operation begins. You can monitor the progress in tasks. The shrink process can take a few hours depending on the data, which needs to be resynced on vSAN.

Next steps

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