VMware vCloud NFVTM 2.1 Release Notes | 12 APR 2018

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What's in the Release Notes

These release notes apply to vCloud NFV 2.1 and cover the following topics:

What's New in this Release

vCloud NFV 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.

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 2.1 is a purpose-built carrier grade cloud services platform, with significant NFV-focused features that are specifically designed to support CSP requirements. This version is customized for the NFV segment with a focus on the following product themes:

  • Carrier Grade Platform. The vCloud NFV platform delivers continuous availability, consistent performance, and pervasive security. The platform delivers critical functionality among individual components that work in concert to support application-aware requirements, reliability, stability, and predictability for the Virtual Network Functions (VNFs).
    • Hardened Platform Security: vCloud NFV 2.1 addresses the important issue related to Hypervisor-Assisted Guest Mitigations for speculative execution issue. See VMSA-2018-004 for details.
  • Cloud Management and Service Automation

    vCloud NFV 2.1 includes vCloud Director for Service Providers 9.1. In addition to the new functionality in version 9.1, this release also inherits functionality from vCloud Director for Service Providers 9.0. 

    For details about all the new features in vCloud Director that are adopted in vCloud NFV, see the VMware Technical White Papers New Features in vCloud Director 9.0 and New Features in vCloud Director 9.1. Following are highlights of the included new features:

    • Multi-Site Cloud Administration. The vCloud Director component of vCloud NFV can handle workload placement across multiple sites of the virtual environment with identity federation. It introduces the concept of Availability Zones to help you select the right infrastructure to place a specific VM. vCloud Director also ensures that resources are consumed efficiently across multiple sites and supports elastic infrastructure across these sites.
    • Expanded Multi-Tenant Networking Management. vCloud NFV enhances the virtual infrastructure tenant’s ability to self-manage the NSX functionality. Thus, capabilities like security groups, edge gateway placement into a dedicated edge cluster and provisioning of distributed logical router for east-west traffic can be handled by the tenant administrator.
    • Wider Database support. vCloud Director component of vCloud NFV now supports PostgresSQL in addition to Microsoft SQLServer and Oracle.
    • Improved Network Resiliency. vCloud NFV is now able to support a larger latency of 150 ms RTT between vCloud Director component and the managed vSphere environment. This is primarily helpful for multi-site deployments.
    • Guest VLAN Tagging. vCloud NFV is now capable of onboarding VNFs that are using Guest VLAN tagging into the vCloud Director VIM. 
    • Support for High-Throughput VMs. vCloud Director component is now capable of launching and managing VMs that rely on SR-IOV interface for networking. This will allow data plane VNFs like EPC to leverage the virtual infrastructure management capabilities of vCD without sacrificing on performance.
    • Improved Automation: vCloud Director is now capable of supporting vRealize Orchestrator workflows with UI dashboard. A new Python SDK is also available for programmatic automation of the VIM layer.
  • Operations Management

    vCloud NFV 2.1 adds substantial new and improved capabilities by including vRealize Operations Manager 6.7. Following are highlights of the included new features:

    • Smaller vRealize Operations Manager footprint. The footprint of vRealize Operations Manager 6.7 has smaller but efficient footprint. The footprint is reduced with 30%. 
    • New persona-based analytics workflows and native dashboards for vSAN. vRealize Operations Manager 6.7 introduces several persona-based analytics workflows and native dashboards for VMware vSAN.

Components of vCloud NFV 2.1

vCloud NFV Hard Bundle

Mandatory Add-On Components 

The following components are not included in the vCloud NFV bundle and require additional licenses:

Optional Add-On Components

The following components are not included in the vCloud NFV bundle and require additional licenses:

Validated Patches

Release Notes Change Log

Date Change
14 APR 2020
  • Added the following to the Components section:
    • ​VMware vRealize Operations Manager 7.5 Advanced Edition
    • VMware vRealize Log Insight 4.8 Full Edition
21 NOV 2019
  • Added VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.6 in the Mandatory Add-On Components section.
21 NOV 2019
  • Added the following to the Validated Patches section.
    • VMware vCloud Director 9.1.0.3 for Service Providers
    • VMware vCenter Server 6.5 Update 3d
    • VMware ESXi 6.5 Update 3
  • Note: Due to product interoperability/dependency requirements, vCloud Director 9.1.0.3 must be used with vCenter Server 6.5 Update 3 and ESXi 6.5 Update 3.
23 JUL 2019
  • Added VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.4.4 in the Mandatory Add-On Components section
29 JAN 2019
  • Added VMware NSX Data Center for vSphere 6.3.7 in the Mandatory Add-On Components section.
4 OCT 2018
  • Added VMware NSX for vSphere 6.4.1 as a mandatory component.
  • Added VMware vRealize Network Insight 3.8 as an optional component.
11 SEP 2018
  • Updated the vSphere Data Protection component version to 6.1.8
  • Added vCloud Director for Service Providers 8.20.0.3 to the list of vCloud NFV components.
  • 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.
31 JUL 2018
  • Added vCenter Server 6.5 Update 2 and ESXi 6.5 Update 2 to the Validated Patches section.  
19 JUN 2018
  • Added VMware vCloud Director 9.1.0.1 for Service Providers to the Validated Patches section.

Support Resources

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

Known Issues

  • Migrate to VXLAN Operation is not supported with vSphere 6.5

    You cannot use the Migrate to VXLAN button to convert VCDNI network pools to VXLAN network pools after you have upgraded your vCloud Director installation to use vSphere 6.5. VCDNI network pools are not supported on vSphere releases later than 6.0 and NSX releases later than 6.2.

    If your vCloud Director installation still has any VCDNI network pools hosted on vSphere 6.0 or earlier, upgrade vCloud Director to version 8.20 or later, and migrate the VCDNI pools to VXLAN before upgrading to vSphere 6.5. For more information, see KB 2148381.

  • Importing an OVA or OVF with an SR-IOV vNIC to a vApp fails 

    When you import an OVF or OVA with SR-IOV vNICs to a vApp, the Network Adapter section remains blank and the network adapter type cannot be identified. If you do not map the vNICs to any network or Routed or Isolated network, the import fails. 

    In the Configure Networking section, map all the vNICs to Direct Type network, which would help in completing the vApp import. Once the import is completed, edit the VM properties to map the vNICs to the required networks.

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