VMware vCloud® NFV™ OpenStack Edition 3.3 Release Notes | 05 NOV 2019

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What's in the Release Notes

This Release Notes applies to vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition 3.3 and cover the following topics:

Upgrading Analytics Components

New Starting Feb 28, 2020, if customers are interested in leveraging the new analytical capabilities and features, they may upgrade the analytics components (vRealize Operations Manager, vRealize Log Insight, and vRealize Network Insight) to the latest versions as long as the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix marks the compatibility against the rest of the vCloud NFV components.

  • The license entitlements for these analytics components are available only to customers who purchased the vCloud NFV OpenStack Advanced Edition bundle.
  • We recommend that customers use the compatible versions between various analytics components and upgrade them together.

What's New in this Release

vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition 3.3 delivers the following capabilities:

Containerized Virtual Infrastructure Manager

Based on OpenStack Stein, VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 Carrier Edition greatly simplifies the deployment of the OpenStack cloud infrastructure by streamlining the integration process. The Carrier Edition included in the package adds substantial features of interest to Telcos. 

VMware Integrated OpenStack delivers out-of-the-box OpenStack functionalities and an easy configuration workflow through a deployment manager that runs as a virtual appliance in vCenter Server.

  • Containerized Control Plane
    • Microservices Architecture: All OpenStack services and VMware Integrated OpenStack management services are containerized and managed by Kubernetes for added flexibility, resiliency, and agility.
    • Dynamic Scaling: The control plane can be scaled out and the number of service instances can be scaled in or out after VMware Integrated OpenStack is deployed. The dynamic scaling feature allows users to have the fine-grained control when responding to increase in demand.
    • Faster Deployment and Configuration: The time required to deploy VMware Integrated OpenStack is greatly reduced. The reconfiguration after any day-2 operation is completed more quickly.
    • Standards-based Lifecycle Management APIs: Configuration and lifecycle management of VMware Integrated OpenStack are based on Kubernetes extensions and custom resources, enabling integration with fully open and standardized APIs.
  • VMware Essential PKS Integration:
    • VMware Essential PKS is fully supported with VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 as the infrastructure provider for a fully supported container and IaaS hybrid environment.
    • OpenStack integration for Kubernetes is available through the Kubernetes community OpenStack Cloud Provider.
    • Integration with NSX-T Data Center is enabled and supported with the NSX Container Plugin.
    • Sample Heat templates are available to simplify the deployment of VMware Essential PKS and NSX together with VMware Integrated OpenStack and enable simple cluster creation by administrators and tenants.
  • OpenStack Features on Storage and Identity Management:
    • Cinder volumes can be created as First Class Disks (FCDs), removing the need for shadow VMs and increasing the performance for certain volume operations.
    • Cinder volumes can be attached to multiple instances simultaneously.
    • Glance supports multiple back ends and multiple image uploads.
    • Keystone identity federation supports multiple identity providers.
  • Expanded OpenStack Support with NSX and Neutron Plugin: The interoperability between VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 and NSX-T Data Center 2.5 drives:
    • NSX-T Intent-based Policy API Support: In addition to supporting legacy Management APIs, the OpenStack Neutron plugin now supports the new NSX-T Policy APIs. Customers are encouraged to deploy VNFs using the Policy APIs from the product evolution perspective.
    • OpenStack Neutron Router Optimization: The neutron plugin now optimizes the OpenStack Neutron Router by managing the creation and deletion of the service router dynamically. This feature allows customers to have only a distributed router when no services are configured and have a service router only when the services are added, all managed by the plugin.

Carrier-Grade Networking by VMware NSX-T Data Center

This NFV release provides advanced features of carrier-grade networking and security for private clouds.

Key features introduced by NSX-T Data Center in this release include:

  • Edge Features
    • Tier-1 Placement Inside Edge Cluster Based on Failure Domain: Enables NSX-T Data Center to automatically place Tier-1 gateways based on failure domains defined by the user. This feature increases the reliability of Tier-1 gateways across availability zones, racks, or hosts, even when using automatic Tier-1 gateway placement.
    • Support for Mellanox ConnectX-4 and ConnectX-4 LX on Bare Metal Edge Node: Bare Metal Edge nodes now support Mellanox ConnectX-4 and ConnectX-4 LX physical NICs in 10/25/40/50/100 Gbps.
    • Bare Metal Edge PNIC Management - Provides the option to select the physical NICs (p-NICs) to be used as dataplane NICs (fastpath). The number of p-NICs supported on the Bare Metal Edge node is increased from 8 to 16.
  • IPV6 Support is introduced in this vCloud NFV release for dual stack routing, forwarding, and security using static IPv6 for workloads or DHCP relays on gateway interfaces. IPV6 is supported across all interfaces, single or multi-stacked Edge Nodes, Edge Firewall, Distributed Firewall rules for NSX micro-segmentation, and MP-BGP. Additionally, the following IPv6 use cases are supported:
    • IPv6 SLAAC (Stateless Address Autoconfiguration): Provides IPv6 addresses to virtual machines automatically.
    • IPv6 Router Advertisement: NSX-T gateway provides IPv6 parameters through Router Advertisement.
    • IPv6 DAD, NSX-T gateways detect the duplicate IPv6 address allocation.
  • Routed Guest VLAN Tagging: VMware NSX-T Data Center 2.5 supports routing decisions based on the inner VLAN tags. The Enhanced Datapath N-VDS enables users to map the guest VLAN tag to a segment. This capability overcomes the limitation of 10 vNICs per VM and allows the guest VLAN tagged traffic (mapped to different segments) to be routed by the NSX infrastructure.
  • Multiple N-VDS per Host: Compared to the previously certified NSX release for NFV, this NFV release supports multiple N-VDS per host. This feature can be used by applications (such as SCTP-based applications) to have a complete E2E path redundancy.
  • Automatic l-core Assignment: To get the best possible performance from N-VDS (E), the VM’s vNIC and the l-core attached to the vNIC and pNIC must be NUMA aligned. This feature ensures that N-VDS (E) vSwitch automatically NUMA aligns the three entities. It also automatically allocates Rx and Tx of the VM’s vNIC to different l-cores (NUMA aligned) to increase the overall throughput processed by the vNIC.
  • BGP Resiliency: Tier-0 logical routers introduce support for iBGP peering with core northbound routers. In an active/active mode, higher resiliency is offered with a full mesh iBGP peering among all the Tier-0 Service Routers (SR) and northbound uplinks. If an SR configured with multiple uplinks loses an uplink, the traffic can be forwarded through the second SR.
  • NSX Management Clusters with Improved High Availability for flexible deployability and load balancing configurations. The control and management plane have been collapsed into a single appliance, thereby simplifying virtual appliance footprint and improving deployment scale.
    The NSX management cluster can now be protected by vSphere High Availability (HA). For more information about the supported HA scenarios, see the NSX-T Data Center Installation Guide.
  • Improved VPN Support for L2 and L3 VPN services in configuration, security, and L2 extensions from data center to data center.

Compute Enhancements

This release of vCloud NFV includes an update for ESXi (vSphere 6.7 U3) which includes the following key compute enhancements:

  • With vCenter Server 6.7 Update 3, virtual machines can now be configured to use GPU-based accelerators. These workloads require a higher switch-over time with vMotion and can be configured using the vgpu.hotmigrate.enabled parameter.
  • Versions of VMXNET3 and bnxtnet drivers are updated

Intent-Based Assurance

  • vRealize Operations Manager 7.5
    vCloud NFV 3.3 includes vRealize Operations Manager 7.5. This release of vRealize Operations Manager focuses on ease of use, faster time to value, and extensibility to your environment through new and enhanced integrations:
    • Intent-based placement for vSAN workload
    • Ability to run workload optimization on vSAN clusters
    • Storage cost analysis
    • Enhancements to What-If Analysis, including vSAN aware capacity planning
    • Capacity planning enhancements based on usage and allocation patterns
    • Application monitoring with auto-discovered applications and relationships
    • Accelerated issue isolation using metric correlation to find positive and negative correlation of desired metrics
    • Numerous usability improvements 
  • vRealize Network Insight 4.2 (Optional Add-on) introduces the following key features:
    • Integration with NSX-T Policy Manager delivers information on NS Group policies and Service policies, such as L2 Networks and Firewall rules
    • Ability to visualize Kubernetes Container monitoring and improvements to on-prem (vCenter) and cross-cloud workloads
    • Supports application definitions using Kubernetes constructs, such as Service Name and Namespace
    • Metadata and security changes to public cloud workloads
    • Extended third-party device support

Discontinued Support in vCloud NFV 3.3 OpenStack Standard and Advanced Editions

Support for NSX Data Center for vSphere (NSX-V) is discontinued from this release of vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition.

For information about other deprecated features, see the VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0 Release Notes.

Components of vCloud NFV OpenStack Standard Edition 3.3

Components of vCloud NFV OpenStack Advanced Edition 3.3

Mandatory Add-On Components

Note: This component is required for both Standard Edition and Advanced Edition; additional license is required.

Optional Add-On Components 

Note: These components are recommended for Advanced Edition; additional license is required.

Validated Patches

Release Notes Change Log

Date Change
28 FEB 2020
  • Added information about upgrading analytics components
  • Added the following in the Validated Patches section:
    • VMware Integrated OpenStack
    • VMware vCenter Server 6.7 Update 3b
    • VMware ESXi 6.7, Patch Release ESXi670-201912001

Support Resources

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

Resolved Issues

  • Designate: Horizon user interface of VMware Integrated OpenStack does not show DNS zones that are in error state

    This issue is resolved in VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0.

  • Nova instances with config drive enabled fail to get deployed on datastore cluster

    This issue is resolved in VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0.

  • ESXi vmkernel panic may occur when MTU is set to 9000 in Windows guest OS

    This issue is resolved in NSX-T Data Center 2.4 and 2.5.

Known Issues

  • PSOD on ESXi host having ENS-enabled N-VDS with high-latency sensitivity VM

    The ESXi host that runs NSX-T Data Center with ENS-enabled N-VDS crashes with the PSOD error. This error occurs when the vNIC port of the high-latency sensitivity VM is assigned to LCore and no LCore is assigned in the NUMA node.

    Workaround: To avoid PSOD on the ESXi host, create at least one LCore on each NUMA node before assigning the vNIC port of high-latency sensitivity VM to LCore.

  • Essential PKS Heat stack is supported only with Neutron MP plugin

    The Essential PKS Heat stack published in the GitHub is supported only with the Neutron MP plugin for the NSX-T container solution.

    Workaround: None

  • NSX-T logical segments and T0/T1 routers created using Policy UI do not appear in vRLI dashboards

    The NSX-T logical segments and T0/T1 routers that are created using the Policy UI are not populated in the vRLI dashboards.

    Workaround: None

  • vRealize Operations Management Pack for OpenStack 5.1 is not compatible with VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0

    vRealize Operations Management Pack for OpenStack 5.1 is not compatible with VMware Integrated OpenStack 6.0.

    Workaround: None

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