VMware Telco Cloud PlatformTM – 5G Edition | 14 JAN 2021

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What's in the Release Notes

The release notes cover the following topics:

What's New

Carrier-Grade Virtual & Container Network Function Automation and Orchestration 

VMware Telco Cloud Automation 1.8 includes the following new features and enhancements:

  • VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid (TKG) CaaS clusters and node pools can now be upgraded by VMware Telco Cloud Automation.
  • Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) for CaaS infrastructure automation
  • Ability to install and configure Antrea as part of the CaaS lifecycle management.
  • Support for Harbor 2.x as a Partner System.

For more information about these features, see the VMware Telco Cloud Automation 1.8 Release Notes.

Note: VMware Telco Cloud Automation allows automatic wiring of standard and SR-IOV accelerate workloads only.

Carrier-Grade Kubernetes Infrastructure

VMware Tanzu Standard for Telco introduces the following features and enhancements:

  • New Kubernetes versions:
    • 1.19.1
    • 1.18.8
    • 1.17.11
  • Support for cluster monitoring with Prometheus (with Alert Manager) and Grafana.
  • Ability to choose Antrea as the default CNI.

For more information about these features and enhancements, see the VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid 1.2 Release Notes.

Carrier-Grade Resilient Networking

VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.1 introduces various new features for virtualized networking and security for private, public, and multi-clouds.

  • Cloud-scale Networking: Federation enhancements and Enhanced Multicast capabilities.
  • Move to Next-Gen SDN: Simplified migration from NSX-V to NSX-T.
  • Intrinsic Security: Distributed IPS and FQDN-based Enhancements.
  • Lifecycle and monitoring: NSX-T support with vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vLCM), simplified installation, enhanced monitoring, search and filtering.

For more information about these features, see the VMware NSX-T Data Center 3.1 Release Notes.

Workload Compute Performance

VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 introduces the following new features and enhancements:

  • Enhanced vSphere Lifecycle Manager hardware compatibility pre-checks for vSAN environments
  • Increased number of vLCM concurrent operations on clusters
  • vLCM support for coordinated updates between availability zones
  • Virtual hardware version 18
  • Increased resource maximums for virtual machines and performance enhancements

For information about these features and enhancements, see the VMware vSphere 7.0 Update 1 Release Notes.

Components of Telco Cloud Platform 5G Edition 2.0

Mandatory Add-On Components

Note: Additional license is required.

Validated Patches

Support Resources

For additional support resources, see the VMware Telco Cloud Platform documentation page.

Resolved Issues

  • Node Pool VMs Exist in vSphere Even After Successful Deletion of Node Pool in Telco Cloud Automation

    This issue in fixed in VMware Telco Cloud Automation 1.8.

  • Scale-out Operation Failed During SR-IOV Customization on New Node

    This issue is fixed in VMware Telco Cloud Automation 1.8.

Known Issues

  • Association of Harbor Registry with Kubernetes Cluster Not Recorded Properly in Telco Cloud Automation

    When you deploy CNFs on a Kubernetes cluster, the Harbor registry associated with the cluster does not appear for selection in the Telco Cloud Automation UI. In this issue, the Harbor registry is associated with the Kubernetes cluster properly but is not recorded in the Telco Cloud Automation database.

    Workaround: Navigate to the Partner Systems UI, modify the Harbor registry, and add the VIM association.

  • Users with Infrastructure LCM Privilege Are Not Able to Delete Kubernetes Clusters

    Users with the Infrastructure LCM privilege are not able to delete Kubernetes clusters that are deployed through VMware Telco Cloud Automation.

    Workaround: Add the Virtual Infrastructure Admin privilege to users.

  • Virtual Infrastructure Admin Cannot Edit Workload Clusters Successfully

    If an advanced filter is applied to the Kubernetes cluster instance name, VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Admin cannot edit the Kubernetes cluster configuration successfully.

    Workaround: To manage a Kubernetes Workload cluster as a VIM, the Admin must have at least Read-Only access to the corresponding Kubernetes Management cluster. With VIM Read-Only access, the Admin can create new permission with the Virtual Infrastructure Auditor role and the Management cluster as the VIM filter.

  • Partner System Admin User Cannot Associate VIMs with an Existing Harbor

    If a Partner System Admin user associates a VIM with an existing Harbor, the association fails with the registration successful message.

    Workaround: System Admin User can associate VIMs with an existing Harbor.

  • Partner System Admin Users Can View Other Registered Partner Systems

    When configuring permissions for a Partner System Admin user, the associated Partner System is not available as an object type under advanced filter criteria. Hence, the user can view other registered Partner Systems also.

    Workaround: None

  • Registration of Multiple Harbor Systems with a Single VIM is Not Supported

    VMware Telco Cloud Automation does not support the registration of multiple Harbor systems with a single VIM.

    Workaround: None

  • VMXNET Not Supported During CNF Instantiation

    VMXNET usage is not supported during CNF instantiation.

    Workaround: Use VMXNET during the cluster creation.

  • TCA Virtual Infrastructure Main Dashboard Does Not Show the Resource Consumption for Virtual Infrastructure

    The resource consumption for virtual infrastructure is not shown on the TCA virtual infrastructure main dashboard.

    Workaround: None

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