VMware vCloud® NFV™ OpenStack Edition 2.0 Release Notes | 28 SEP 2017

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What's in the Release Notes

These Release Notes apply to vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition 2.0 and cover the following topics:

What's New in this Release

Introduction

VMware vCloud® NFV™ OpenStack Edition is an ETSI compliant Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform for Communication Service Providers (CSPs) looking to radically reduce costs and increase service agility through a CSP centric VMware Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) architecture.

VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition provides the fastest path for CSPs to deploy NFV services on OpenStack. VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition combines a carrier grade NFV infrastructure with VMware® Integrated OpenStack as an NFV Virtualized Infrastructure Manager (VIM) that transforms CSP networks, operations, and business models by delivering agile, secure, and highly available services. Now CSPs can accelerate their pace of service innovation and network flexibility with an open architecture, along with integrated operations management with 360-degree visibility across the NFVI layer, to deliver performance feedback and fast remediation capabilities.

The vCloud NFV platform enables a modular approach to NFV-based service deployment that is proven in production with CSPs globally, and delivers the shortest time to value while ensuring investment protection.

vCloud NFV 2.0 is a purpose-built carrier grade cloud services platform, with significant NFV focused features specifically designed to support CSP requirements.

There are a few important changes as of this release. To enable rapid innovation and evolution of the capabilities of the vCloud NFV stack, the current vCloud NFV product will be split into two editions:

  • The vCloud NFV product contains vCloud Director as the VIM for customers running a tightly integrated carrier grade VMware NFV stack.
    • The free download of VMware Integrated OpenStack available as part of vCloud NFV 2.0 will be discontinued. See KB 2149711 for more information.
  • The vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition introduces a new carrier grade OpenStack solution custom built for CSPs using OpenStack as their choice of VIM.

Benefits of vCloud NFV — OpenStack Edition

  • OpenStack Compliant. vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition 2.0 uses VMware Integrated OpenStack Carrier Edition as the VIM, which is fully compliant with the OpenStack Foundation's 2017.01 interoperability guidelines.
  • Leverages OpenStack Ocata Features. Based on the OpenStack Ocata release, this release allows customers to leverage the latest OpenStack features.
  • Eliminates Complexity. A fully integrated, tested, and certified NFVI platform, OpenStack Edition delivers efficient operations while eliminating the complexities of other OpenStack distributions.
  • Deploys Rapidly. A fast, simple, and hitless OpenStack install and upgrade allows customers to rapidly deploy a standard OpenStack cloud on top of the VMware SDDC. VMware Integrated OpenStack is easily deployed with an OVA file using the VMware vSphere ® Web Client to perform patching and upgrades with minimal disruption.
  • Integrated Container Management. OpenStack Edition allows native support for container-based virtual network functions through integrated container management.
  • Advanced Network Virtualization with VMware NSX. Deploy VMware Integrated OpenStack with VMware NSX for advanced security and network virtualization capabilities such as firewalling and microsegmentation for business critical workloads.
  • Advanced Multitenancy and Enhanced Platform Awareness Features. OpenStack leverages the capabilities of the vCloud NFV platform to deliver guaranteed resources and SLAs for network functions.

Components of vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition 2.0

Included in the vCloud NFV Hard Bundle

  • VMware ESXi 6.5 Update 1
  • VMware vSphere Replication 6.5.1
  • New VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.1.8
  • VMware vSAN 6.6.1 (Standard Edition) (Binaries are distributed as part of a VMware vSphere download. Requires a separate activation license key that is included as part of the vCloud NFV Suite.)
  • VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 7.2
  • VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 (Advanced Edition)
  • VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.3 (Full Edition)
  • VMware Integrated OpenStack Carrier Edition 4.0

Mandatory Add-On Components (Not Part of the vCloud NFV Bundle; Additional License Required)

  • VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3.3
  • VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1

Optional Add-On Components (Not Part of the vCloud NFV Bundle; Additional License Required)

  • VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.5.1
  • VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.3

vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition 2.0 Component Details

VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1 (ESXi 6.5 Update 1, vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1)

VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1. For more information refer to the VMware ESXi 6.5 Update 1 Release Notes and the VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Update 1 Release Notes.

VMware vSphere Replication 6.5.1

VMware vSphere Replication 6.5.1. VMware vSphere Replication 6.5.1 is compatible with VMware vSphere 6.5 Update 1. Refer to the VMware Site Recovery Manager 6.5.1 Release Notes for more details.

VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.1.8

New VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.1.8. VMware vSphere Data Protection 6.1.8 is primarily a bug fix release. 

For more information refer to the vSphere Data Protection 6.1.8 Release Notes.

VMware vSphere Data Protection Life Cycle. VMware vSphere Data Protection will be discontinued. VMware vSphere 6.5 is the last release that will include vSphere Data Protection.

For more information on support and end of life details, refer to the vSphere Data Protection End of Availability FAQ and the related vSphere Data Protection End of Availability blog entry.

VMware vSAN 6.6.1

VMware vSAN 6.6.1. VMware vSAN 6.6.1 introduces the following new features and enhancements:

  • VMware Update Manager Build Recommendations for vSAN. Update Manager can scan the vSAN cluster and recommend host baselines that include updates, patches, and extensions. It manages recommended baselines, validates the support status from vSAN HCL, and downloads the correct ESXi ISO images from VMware. vSAN requires Internet access to generate build recommendations. If your vSAN cluster uses a proxy to connect to the Internet, vSAN can generate recommendations for patch upgrades, though not for major upgrades.
  • Performance Diagnostics. Performance Diagnostics analyzes previously executed benchmark tests. It detects issues, suggests remediation steps, and provides supporting performance graphs for further insight. Performance Diagnostics requires participation in the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).
  • Increased Support for Locator LEDs on vSAN Disks. Gen-9 HPE controllers in pass-through mode now support vSAN activation of locator LEDs. Blinking LEDs help to identify and isolate specific drives.

For more information, refer to the VMware vSAN 6.6.1 Release Notes.

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3.3

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3.3. VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3.3 is fully managed through the Neutron integration with VMware Integrated OpenStack. For more details, refer to the VMware NSX for vSphere 6.3.3 Release Notes.

VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.5

Patches to Address Security Advisory

Recently a critical severity privilege escalation was disclosed in vRealize Operations Manager as documented in VMSA-2017-0004.7. To address this issue, install the public patch documented in KB 2149591.

Product Enhancements

VMware vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 focuses on enhancing product scalability limits and troubleshooting capabilities.

  • Additional Monitoring Capabilities
    • Adds the ability to increase memory and the scope of monitoring within the same environment.
    • Enables you to monitor larger environments with the same footprint through platform optimization.
    • The XL size node enables you to monitor more objects and process more metrics.
  • Automatic Upgrade of Endpoint Operations Agents
    • The new Endpoint Operations Agent upgrade bundle allows you to automatically upgrade the agent through the vRealize Operations Manager user interface.
  • Enhanced Troubleshooting Capabilities
    • Quickly correlates logs and metrics in context for any monitored object using Log Insight within vRealize Operations Manager.
    • Creates custom metric groups that enable you to focus on the most relevant metrics.
  • Improved Collaboration
    • Simplifies export and import of custom groups and eases dashboard sharing between different vRealize Operations Manager installations.
  • Predictive Remediation
    • Predictive DRS enables vRealize Operations to provide long-term forecast metrics to augment the short-term placement criteria of the vSphere Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS).

For more information on these enhancements, see What's New: VMware vRealize Operations 6.5 and the vRealize Operations Manager 6.5 Release Notes.

VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.3

vRealize Log Insight delivers the best real-time and archive log management for VMware environments. Machine learning-based Intelligent Grouping and high performance search enables faster troubleshooting across physical, virtual, and cloud environments. vRealize Log Insight can analyze terabytes of logs, discover structure in unstructured data, and deliver enterprise-wide visibility using a modern Web interface.

  • Server Features
    • Host table entries now expire after they are idle for three months from the last ingested event
    • New upgrade APIs
  • Agent Features
    • New FIPS-140-2 compliance

For additional information, see the VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.3 Release Notes.

VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.3

This product is currently offered as an optional add-on to the vCloud NFV bundle. VMware vRealize® Network Insight delivers intelligent operations for software-defined networking and security. It helps optimize network performance and availability with converged visibility across virtual and physical networks, and provides planning and recommendations for implementing microsegmentation-based security and operational views to quickly and confidently manage and scale VMware NSX® deployment.

  • Enhanced Event Management Experience and New NSX Events. New configuration and intercommunication checks have been added for checking and reporting on NSX manager, NSX controller, and NSX data plane services deployment and production issues. In addition, all events have been enriched with a new set of information that includes name, severity, category (event tags), and best practice remediation recommendations.
  • Enhanced Visibility into Planning Microsegmentation Topology. The expansion of shared wedges into groups is introduced to provide increased visibility into the traffic pattern, and to improve microsegementation planning.
  • NSX for vSphere Firewall Rules Enhancements.
    • The firewall rule negation configuration is supported.
    • The VNIC in source, destination, and Applied To configuration of a firewall rule is supported.
    • The raw IP and port configuration in a firewall rule is supported.
    • The process of configuring the direction (IN / OUT / INOUT) in a firewall rule is supported.
  • NAT Improvements. Users can better visualize the NAT communication between virtual machines (VMs) when running any VM-VM path trace or path troubleshooting queries. This improved visualization helps in quickly resolving NAT configuration and NAT data path issues. Enhancements have been made in the handling of IPFIX flow records to filter out NAT affected flows.

For additional information, see the VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.3 Release Notes and the VMware vRealize Network Insight Datasheet.

VMware Integrated OpenStack Carrier Edition 4.0

VMware Integrated OpenStack Carrier Edition is targeted toward advanced use cases specific to telecommunications carriers for multitenancy, performance, and guaranteed resource isolation. It consists of all the features of VMware Integrated OpenStack Data Center Edition, in addition to the following features.

  • Advanced Multitenancy through Tenant VDCs. This feature permits organizations to separate resources for their Virtual Network Functions. By explicitly dedicating a portion of resource (compute and storage only in the 4.0 version) to each tenant, VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 ensures that each tenant has sufficient resources available for any sudden need for growth.
  • Resource Isolation for Network Functions. Noisy neighbors are those VMs from different vendors that are deployed in the same host, but each consumes an inordinate amount of extra bandwidth. By explicitly dedicating a portion of the overall resource to each tenant and building a fence around it, VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 prevents the noisy neighbor problem.
  • Enhanced Platform Awareness. This edition supports enhanced platform awareness features such as NUMA alignment, CPU pinning, HugePages, and SR-IOV. Customers can now reserve and dedicate processor and memory allocations to each VM to deliver a superior performance profile. High throughput applications can leverage the 2 MB HugePages and SR-IOV functionality to provide line rate performance.
  • Multiple NIC Types. This feature enables the use of separate NIC types for dataplane and management plane traffic for a workload. With this a VM can use an SR-IOV NIC for dataplane traffic, and a regular VMXNET3 NIC for management / control plane traffic.
  • Guest VLAN Tagging. This feature enables the VNF applications to set the VLAN tag on the outgoing packets directly. This is particularly helpful for those VMs leveraging the direct passthrough and SR-IOV-based network interfaces.
  • Integrated Kubernetes-Based Container Management. VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 includes a fully functional Kubernetes distribution and provides an integrated environment where Kubernetes PODs are instantiated as VMs in VMware Integrated OpenStack. This provides the flexibility and agility of containers, while maintaining the manageability of a VM environment.
  • New Licensing Model. VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 introduces the Data Center Edition and Carrier Edition license models. As of this release VMware Integrated OpenStack 3.1, which was a free edition, is no longer available. It is replaced by two new editions Data Center Edition and Carrier Edition. The Carrier Edition that is bundled as part of vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition will now require activation through a license key. Carrier Edition features are enabled by default for the first 60 days, after which license activation is required. VMware Integrated OpenStack Carrier Edition is available:
    • As part of the vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition bundle.
    • As a standalone purchase for existing VMware customers.
    • As an upgrade (requires purchase of a license) from the Data Center Edition to the Carrier Edition.

For more information refer to the How to Buy section of the VMware Integrated OpenStack product page.

For more details, read the VMware Integrated OpenStack 4.0 Release Notes.

VMware vRealize Orchestrator Appliance 7.2

VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 introduces a number of improvements and bug fixes, and extends automated configuration with the following new options.

  • Improved Control Center Usability. This includes localization in Spanish, French, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.
  • vRealize Orchestrator Plug-In Included. The vRealize Orchestrator plug-in for vRealize Automation is now included in the vRealize Orchestrator platform.
  • VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 Ships with VMware vSphere 6.5 Compatible vCenter Server Plug-In. VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 is shipped with a version of the vCenter Server plug-in that is compatible with VMware vSphere 6.5. A redesigned vRealize Orchestrator vCenter Server plug-in is available as a separate download package for VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2. This plug-in is compatible with VMware vSphere 6.5 and VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2, and in future releases will replace the version of the vCenter Server plug-in currently shipped with the vRealize Orchestrator platform. The new vCenter Server plug-in has the following features.
    • Simplified maintenance and faster troubleshooting compared to earlier versions of the plug-in.
    • Improved performance thanks to optimized communication with the vSphere Server instances and changes in the caching schema.
    • Maximum compatibility of the scripting API and content compatibility with the vSphere products for version 5.5 and later.

For more information on the changes in the new vCenter Server plug-in for VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2, see What's New in the New vCenter Server Plug-In. For more information about VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 refer to the VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2 Release Notes.

Validated Patches

Release Notes Change Log

This section describes updates to the Release Notes.

Date Change
11 SEP 2018
  • Updated the vSphere Data Protection version to 6.1.8 in the component list.
  • Added VMware ESXi 6.5, Patch Release ESXi650-201808001 to the Validated Patches section.
  • Added VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Update 2c to the Validated Patches section.
14 DEC 2017
  • Added VMware vCenter Server 6.5 U1c to the Validated Patches section.
  • Added a known issue on the native Intel ixgben NIC driver. 
  • Added ESXi 6.5 EP04, Patch Release ESXi650-201710401 to the Validated Patches section.
  • Added NSX for vSphere 6.3.4 to the Validated Patches section.

Support Resources

To access product documentation and additional support resources, go to the VMware vCloud NFV Documentation page.

Resolved Issues

  • Unable to Create Custom Group When Invoking vRealize Operations Manager API

    After installing a Dell, HP, or NSX adapter in vRealize Operations Manager 6.3 or earlier, the process to create a custom group from within the adapter fails with an exception error. The error indicates a problem with the Java language bindings of the vRealize Operations Manager REST API.

    Fixed in vRealize Operations Manager 6.5.

Known Issues

  • The vCenter Server SSL Certificate Verification Might Fail in VMware Integrated OpenStack Management Server

    While running viocli commands, such as viocli inventory-admin list-tenant-vdcs, in the OpenStack Management Server, you might get the following error:

    ssl.SSLError: [SSL: CERTIFICATE_VERIFY_FAILED] certificate verify failed (_ssl.c:590)

    To work around this issue, use the following command in the OpenStack Management Server in Privileged mode:

     #export VCENTER_INSECURE=True

  • ESXi 6.5 Inbox Driver Does Not Claim the SR-IOV Feature

    The ESXi host looses network connectivity, when the configuration for using an SR-IOV enabled vNIC inside the guest changes. The ESXI 6.5 Update 1 inbox driver version 1.3.1-2vmw does not claim the SR-IOV feature. Install the Async driver i40en v1.4.3 for SR-IOV support.

    If your production environment is impacted by this issue, please raise a Support Request. A VMware Support Engineer will work with you to assess your environment and outline all available options.

  • Native Intel ixgben NIC driver

    The native Intel ixgben NIC driver improves data throughput and reduces latency, but does not support SR-IOV and SW FCoE.

    See KB 2147565 for details.

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