Release Notes for SUSE Cloud 2.0

Version 2.0.3 (2013-09-20)


These release notes are generic for all SUSE Cloud 2.0 components. Some parts may not apply to a particular component.

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Table of Contents

1. SUSE Cloud
2. Support Statement for SUSE Cloud
3. Major Changes in SUSE Cloud 2.0
4. Technology Previews
5. Documentation and Other Information
6. Known Issues
7. Legal Notices

Chapter 1. SUSE Cloud

Powered by OpenStack™, SUSE Cloud is an open source enterprise cloud computing platform that enables easy deployment and seamless management of an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) private cloud.

Chapter 2. Support Statement for SUSE Cloud

To receive support, customers need an appropriate subscription with SUSE; for more information, see

Chapter 3. Major Changes in SUSE Cloud 2.0

SUSE Cloud 2.0 is a major update to SUSE Cloud and comes with many new features, improvements and bug fixes. The following list highlights some of the major changes:

  • OpenStack has been updated to the 2013.1 (Grizzly) release, and the new Block Storage (Cinder) and Networking (Neutron, formerly known as Quantum) components are shipped. This also includes support for specific backends for Block Storage (NetApp, EMC, etc.) and for Networking (LinuxBridge, OpenvSwitch, Cisco).

  • Multiple hypervisors can now be used in the same cloud. SUSE Cloud 2.0 supports KVM, Xen and Hyper-V. VMware can also be used as an hypervisor, but this feature is available as a technology preview for now.

  • Live migration is now available in the cloud.

  • OpenStack Identity (Keystone) can be configured for LDAP.

  • The Cisco UCS Barclamp has been created to integrate with Cisco UCS Manager. It allows instantiation of service profiles from service profile templates, and controlling the power states of physical nodes.

  • New Crowbar Barclamps make it easier to maintain the nodes up-to-date. The Updater Barclamp allows the administrator to apply updates on nodes, while the SUSE Manager Client Barclamp allows the nodes to be registered with SUSE Manager.

  • The new NFS Client Barclamp allow mounting arbitrary NFS mounts on nodes.

  • An existing SMT or SUSE Manager server can be used for installation, to avoid having to install SMT on the administration node.

  • Support for UEFI has been implemented.

  • Revamped user interface for Crowbar, and updated theme for the OpenStack Dashboard.

  • Massively improved documentation.

Chapter 4. Technology Previews

Technology previews are packages, stacks, or features delivered by SUSE. These features are not supported. They may be functionally incomplete, unstable or in other ways not suitable for production use. They are mainly included for customer convenience and give customers a chance to test new technologies within an enterprise environment.

Whether a technology preview will be moved to a fully supported package later, depends on customer and market feedback. A technology preview does not automatically result in support at a later point in time. Technology previews could be dropped at any time and SUSE is not committed to provide a technology preview later in the product cycle.

Please, give your SUSE representative feedback, including your experience and use case.

SUSE Cloud 2.0 ships with the following technology previews:

  • Ceph/RADOS, and the respective Crowbar Barclamp for deploying it.

  • EqualLogic driver for Cinder.

  • Support of VMware as hypervisor for Nova Compute.

  • OpenStack Ceilometer and OpenStack Heat, and their respective Crowbar Barclamp for deploying them.

Chapter 5. Documentation and Other Information

  • Read the READMEs on the DVDs.

  • Get the detailed changelog information about a particular package from the RPM (with filename <FILENAME>):

    rpm --changelog -qp <FILENAME>.rpm
  • Check the ChangeLog file in the top level of DVD1 for a chronological log of all changes made to the updated packages.

  • Find more information in the docu directory of CD1 of the SUSE Cloud 2.0 CDs. This directory includes PDF versions of the SUSE Cloud documentation.

  • contains additional or updated documentation for SUSE Cloud.

  • Visit for the latest product news from SUSE and for additional information on the source code of SUSE Linux Enterprise products.

Chapter 6. Known Issues

  • No 32-bit support; currently x86_64 architecture is required for all components.

  • Deployment of Hyper-V nodes is currently not fully functional and may require manual intervention. This will be fixed with a future maintenance update.

  • Deployment of Ceph is currently not functional. This will be fixed with a future maintenance update.

  • Live migration of instances only work between homogeneous compute nodes: the nodes need to have the same CPU.

  • Removal of barclamps from a node do not necessarily shut down associated services or remove associated packages. This means that you may well run into problem if moving barclamp roles from one node to another. Manual remediation may be required in these cases.

  • Sometimes Crowbar may report a node as Ready while it's actually rebooting. Applying a proposal to a node in this state will fail. Once the node is up again, click Apply on the failed proposal again to make it succeed.

Chapter 7. Legal Notices

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