Table of Contents

Technical Details
Planned Releases
Release Notes
In Depth
Report Issues
Mailing list
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are there 2 ISOs available per product?
Beta Test Subscription and Registration Code
Private channel for sensitive data
Contact Beta Manager



SUSE Enterprise Storage is an intelligent software-defined storage solution, powered by Ceph Technology that enables IT to transform their enterprise storage infrastructure to deliver highly scalable and resilient storage that is cost-efficient and able to seamlessly adapt to changing business and data demands.

Main Benefits:

  • A single unified software-defined storage cluster: that provides applications with object, block and file system storage
  • No vendor lock-in: means reduced IT costs enabling you to use off-the-shelf commodity hardware with the flexibility to repurpose if business priorities change
  • Unlimited scalability: with the ability to easily add additional cost-efficient and highly scalable storage, without disruption, to meet the explosive data demands with a distributed storage cluster designed to scale to multi-hundreds of petabyte environments and beyond
  • No single points of failure: with a highly redundant storage infrastructure design that maximizes system resiliency and availability with self-healing capabilities that minimize storage administration involvement and optimize data placement enabling rapid reconstruction of redundancy

Technical details:

Beta SUSE Enterprise Storage 5, based on the Ceph Luminous release, broadens the scope and use cases for the SUSE Software Defined Storage solution. The new “BlueStore” enablement increases performance by a factor of two or more. More pervasive support of erasure coding increases the efficiency of the fault tolerant solution. And efficiency is enhanced with data compression.

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 is the ideal solution for Compliance, Archive, Backup and Large Data. Large data applications include: video surveillance, CCTV, online presence and training, streaming media, X-rays, seismic processing, genomic mapping, CAD. Backup and archive applications include: Veritas NetBackup, Commvault, HPE Data Protector, and compliance solutions such as iTernity.

  • The ability to service environments that require high levels of performance through the enablement of the “BlueStore” a new storage backend for Ceph. SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 doubles the write performance of previous releases, coupled with significant reductions in I/O latency.
  • The ability to free up capacity and reduce data footprint via the BlueStore enabled Data Compression feature.
  • Increased disk space efficiency of a fault tolerant solution through enablement of Erasure coding for Replicated block devices and CephFS data.
  • Lowered operational cost with an expanded advanced graphical user interface for simplified management and improved cost efficiency, using the next generation openATTIC open source storage management system.
  • Simplified cluster management and orchestration through enhanced Salt integration.
  • Production support of the NFS Gateway for enabling the cohabitation of legacy applications that need a filesystem interface to access data with cloud native applications.
  • Technology preview of Ceph’s ability to export a file system to CIFS/Samba for heterogeneous connectivity


Planned Releases

Beta 102-05-2017
Beta 216-05-2017
Beta 330-05-2017
Beta 413-06-2017
Beta 529-06-2017
Beta 612-07-2017
Beta 725-07-2017
Beta 808-08-2017
Beta 922-08-2017
Beta 1005-09-2017
Beta 1119-09-2017



Please note that we reserve the right to change or adapt this schedule depending on various factors. Rest assured that we will communicate if there is any change of plan.



SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 for x86_64

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3 for ARM

SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 GMC3
We are offering DVD ISOS for the following architecture:

  • x86-64,
  • aarch64

WarningEven so this release is called a “GMC” and do not mark itself as a Beta version it is still treated as a beta release without any warranty & support!

Warning: SLES 12 SP3

You need to have a SLES 12 SP3 to install and run SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 Beta.




Important: The following Documentations are drafts.

And will remain as such through out the SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta Program. Documentations on Beta Products do not yet have the quality, accuracy and content of our official documentations. However we will update these documentations on the fly during the SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta Program.


Release Notes

Product Release Notes:


Warning: SLES 12 SP3

You need to have a SLES 12 SP3 to install and run SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 Beta.


Known issues for GMC3:
  • Since Beta 9 grain “deepsea” needs to be appended to all SES salt minions – this behavior is intended
  • Please make sure to register SLES12-SP3 and apply updates during installation/upgrade

In Depth

Available on the Product Media:

  • Read the READMEs on the media.
  • Get the detailed change log information about a particular package from the RPM (where <FILENAME>.rpm is the name of the RPM):
    rpm --changelog -qp <FILENAME>.rpm
  • Check the ChangeLog file in the top level of the media for a chronological log of all changes made to the updated packages.

Online Documentation:



Blog Posts:



Whenever you find a bug or your are scratching you head on using SUSE Enterprise Storage, we highly recommend seek for help on our mailing list first, then if it really make sense you should open a bug report.

Mailing List is our dedicated Mailing List to discuss around the SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta product. It is used by the SUSE Release Team to announce new beta images and technical information, as well as for general or technical questions, feedback, or defect reports related to SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta products from our beta testers base.

Only subscribers can post to our mailing lists. To subscribe, please go to

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the storage-beta Archives.

Please refer to our Mailing Lists Guideline for more information.


Here are the links to the SUSE Enterprise Storage Bugzilla product that you will use for reporting the defects of the following products:

Please refer to our complete Bugzilla guideline for more information and before creating your first bug report: how to use Bugzilla


Frequently Asked Questions
  • Why are there 2 ISOs available per product?

    We offer 2 DVD ISOs for SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 Beta:

    • SUSE-Enterprise-Storage-5-DVD-x86_64-BetaX-DVD1.iso = DVD1 contains the binaries and the sources
    • SUSE-Enterprise-Storage-5-DVD-x86_64-BetaX-DVD2.iso = DVD2 the debuginfo packages


    For installation purposes you just need DVD 1 for your architecture. Please verify the sha256sum of the ISO using the SHA256SUMS file, which can also be found on the download page.

  • Beta Test Subscription and Registration Code



    Regular product subscription and registration code will not work with the beta products!

    Thus we will not provide a beta product subscription or beta product registration code by default for the SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 Beta Program. You should request one via, but we reserve the right to review your case and eventually provide one for your personal beta test.

    Without a beta registration code for SUSE Enterprise Storage 5 you won’t be able to access the online channels.

  • Private channel for sensitive data

    In case you are a SUSE’s partners or customers and would like to share some sensitive data with us for multiple reasons (data for bug reports, feedbacks, etc).
    Please contact us at, and we will review your case and help you have a private channel with us.

  • Contact Beta Manager

    For questions related to the beta test infrastructure, for example download issues or problems with reporting bugs or the mailing list, please write to