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SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1

Release Notes

SUSE Enterprise Storage provides a distributed storage architecture for many use cases that runs on commodity hardware platforms. SUSE Enterprise Storage combines Ceph with the enterprise engineering and support of SUSE. This document provides an overview of high-level general features, capabilities, and limitations of SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1 and important product updates.

These release notes are updated periodically. The latest version is always available at https://www.suse.com/releasenotes. General documentation can be found at: https://documentation.suse.com/ses/7.1/.

Publication Date: 2022-03-28 , Version: 7.1.20220328

1 About the Release Notes

The most recent version of the Release Notes is available online at https://www.suse.com/releasenotes.

Entries can be listed multiple times if they are important and belong to multiple sections.

Release notes only list changes that happened between two subsequent releases. Always review all release notes documents that apply in your upgrade scenario.

2 SUSE Enterprise Storage

SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1 is an intelligent software-defined storage solution, powered by Ceph technology (https://ceph.com/).

2.1 What Is New?

SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1 introduces an update to the underlying Ceph and SUSE Linux Enterprise version. The most important changes related to this update are listed below:

  • Ceph release.  SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1 is based on Ceph Pacific v16.2.

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise release.  SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1 is based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3.


A prompt is now available in the SUSE Enterprise Storage Dashboard that enables pre-existing customers of SUSE Enterprise Storage to update to the latest release. Version 7.1 contains an update of the underlying Ceph version alongside an update to the underlying SUSE Linux Enterprise version.

The contents of this document detail the feature updates relevant to those component updates. Anything outside that scope has been detailed separately.

See the SUSE Enterprise Storage Release Notes for customers that have deployed their SUSE Enterprise Storage cluster using the Ceph Orchestrator.

2.2 Additional Release Notes Documents

SUSE Enterprise Storage is an extension to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 SP3. Make sure to review the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server release notes in addition to this document: https://www.suse.com/releasenotes/x86_64/SUSE-SLES/15-SP2/.

SUSE Enterprise Storage updates from Ceph Octopus to Pacific. Make sure to review the Ceph release notes in addition to this document: https://docs.ceph.com/en/latest/releases/pacific/

2.3 Support and Life Cycle

SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1 has been discontinued. This update is part of the continuing maintenance for pre-existing customers of SUSE Enterprise Storage.

For more information, see the support policy at https://www.suse.com/support/policy.html and the SUSE lifecycle page at https://www.suse.com/lifecycle/.

2.4 Documentation and Other Information

2.4.1 On the Product Medium

  • For general product information, see the file README in the top level of the product medium.

  • For a chronological log of all changes made to updated packages, see the file ChangeLog in the top level of the product medium.

  • Detailed change log information about a particular package is available using RPM:

    rpm --changelog -qp FILE_NAME.rpm

    (Replace FILE_NAME.rpm with the name of the RPM.)

  • For more information, see the directory docu of the product medium of SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1.

2.4.2 Externally Provided Documentation

3 Features

This section includes an overview of new features of SUSE Enterprise Storage 7.1.

3.1 Ceph Orchestrator (cephadm)

Update prometheus-server version to 2.32.1.

Configuration generation for monitoring services that try to determine and use FQDN.

3.2 Monitoring

  • Container based update for Grafana to 7.5.12.

  • Container based update for Prometheus to 2.32.1.

  • Container based update for the Node-Exporter to 1.1.2.

  • Container based update for Alertmanager to 0.21.0.

  • SNMP-Notifier container image replaced with maxwo/snmp-notifier 1.2.1.

  • Prometheus/Node-Exporter/Alertmanager - Namespace changed from SUSE Cloud as a Service Platform to SUSE Enterprise Storage.

  • HAProxy - Container image introduced.

  • Keepalived - Container image introduced.

  • The Ceph Dashboard no longer notifies on suppressed alerts.

3.3 Ceph Dashboard

  • Various security improvements, see the Ceph release notes for more information https://github.com/ceph/ceph/blob/master/doc/releases/pacific.rst#dashboard.

  • Support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 have been disabled.

  • NFS Management has been completely reworked to ensure that NFS exports are managed consistently across the different Ceph components.

  • Support for NFS v4 only.

  • RGW multi-site synchronization monitoring.

  • RGW management of multiple daemons and their resources (buckets and users).

  • RGW bucket and user quota usage visualization.

  • Improved configuration of S3 tenanted users.

  • Improved visualization of replication and erasure coding modes.

  • CLAY erasure code plugin supported.

  • Management of individual OSD flags.

  • Per-RBD image Grafana dashboards.

  • Ability to show partially deleted RBDs.

  • CephFS dirs and caps displayed.

  • Host management of the maintenance mode and labels.

  • Display placement specification for services.

  • OSD disk replacement, display status of ongoing deletion, and improved health/SMART diagnostics reporting.

4 Known Issues & Limitations

This is a list of known issues and limitations for this release.

  • In a multi-gateway setup, the RGW user's and bucket's pages do not display data on the Dashboard if the gateway that was previously selected is down.

5 Obtaining Source Code

This SUSE product includes materials licensed to SUSE under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The GPL requires SUSE to provide the source code that corresponds to the GPL-licensed material.

The source code is available for download at https://www.suse.com/download/ses/ on Medium 2. For up to three years after distribution of the SUSE product, upon request, SUSE will mail a copy of the source code.

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