Applies to HPE Helion OpenStack 8

2 Hardware and Software Support Matrix

This document lists the details about the supported hardware and software for HPE Helion OpenStack 8

2.1 OpenStack Version Information

HPE Helion OpenStack 8 services have been updated to the OpenStack Pike release.

2.2 Supported Hardware Configurations

HPE Helion OpenStack 8 supports hardware that is certified for SLES through the YES certification program. You will find a database of certified hardware at

2.3 Support for Core and Non-Core OpenStack Features

OpenStack ServicePackagesSupported OpenStack ServicePackagesSupported
AodhNoNo BarbicanYesYes
CeilometerYesYes CinderYesYes
DesignateYesYes FreezerYesYes
GlanceYesYes HeatYesYes
HorizonYesYes IronicYesYes
KeystoneYesYes MagnumYesYes
ManilaYesYes MonascaYesYes
Monasca-CeilometerYesYes NeutronYesYes
Neutron(LBaaSv2)YesYes Neutron(VPNaaS)YesYes
Neutron(FWaaS)YesYes NovaYesYes
OctaviaYesYes SwiftYesYes



Not Supported

SLES KVM Hypervisor

Xen hypervisor

VMware ESX Hypervisor


RHEL KVM Hypervisor

Non-x86 Architectures



Not Supported

Tenant networks

  • IPv6

  • SR-IOV

  • PCI-PT

  • DPDK

Distributed Virtual Router (DVR) with any of the following:

  • IPv6

  • BGP/Fast Path Exit

  • L2 gateway


VMware ESX Hypervisor


RHEL KVM Hypervisor

Glance Supported Features

  • Swift and Ceph backends



Not Supported

Encrypted & private volumes


Incremental backup, backup attached volume, encrypted volume backup, backup snapshots



Not Supported

Erasure coding

Geographically distributed clusters

Dispersion report

Swift zones



Not Supported



Fernet tokens

Multi-Factor authentication

LDAP integration

Federation Keystone to Keystone

Hierarchical multi-tenancy

Barbican Supported Features

  • Encryption for the following:

    • Cinder

    • Hardware security model

    • Encrypted data volumes

    • LBaaS

    • Symmetric keys

    • Storage keys

  • CADF format auditing events



Not Supported

Keystone v3 support


Glance v2 API


Ceilometer Event APIs

Ceilometer Compute Agent

Heat Features Not Supported

  • Multi-region stack



Not Supported


  • Agent_ilo

  • Agent_ipmitool

  • PXE_ilo

  • PXE_ipmitool

UEFI secure

Booting methods







Not Supported

Backup of Control Plane data

Backup of tenant VMs, volumes, files, directories and databases

Backup Lifecycle Manager

Backup of audit logs

Backup of centralized logging files

2.4 Cloud Scaling

In HPE Helion OpenStack 8 a total of 200 total compute nodes in a single region (Region0) across any of the following hypervisors is supported:

  • VMware ESX


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux/KVM

You can distribute the compute nodes in any number of deployments as long as the total is no more than 200. Example: 100 ESX + 100 RHEL/KVM or 75 ESX + 25 SLES/KVM + 100 RHEL/KVM.

HPE Helion OpenStack 8 supports a total of 8000 virtual machines across a total of 200 compute nodes.

2.5 Supported Software

Supported ESXi versions

HPE Helion OpenStack 8 currently supports the following ESXi versions:

  • ESXi version 6.0

  • ESXi version 6.0 (Update 1b)

  • ESXi version 6.5

The following are the requirements for your vCenter server:

  • Software: vCenter (It is recommended to run the same server version as the ESXi hosts.)

  • License Requirements: vSphere Enterprise Plus license

2.6 Notes About Performance

We have the following recommendations to ensure good performance of your cloud environment:

  • On the control plane nodes, you will want good I/O performance. Your array controllers must have cache controllers and we advise against the use of RAID-5.

  • On compute nodes, the I/O performance will influence the virtual machine start-up performance. We also recommend the use of cache controllers in your storage arrays.

  • If you are using dedicated object storage (Swift) nodes, in particular the account, container, and object servers, we recommend that your storage arrays have cache controllers.

  • For best performance on, set the servers power management setting in the iLO to OS Control Mode. This power mode setting is only available on servers that include the HP Power Regulator.

2.7 KVM Guest OS Support

For a list of the supported VM guests, see

2.8 ESX Guest OS Support

For ESX, refer to the VMware Compatibility Guide. The information for HPE Helion OpenStack is below the search form.

2.9 Ironic Guest OS Support

A Verified Guest OS has been tested by HPE and appears to function properly as a bare metal instance on HPE Helion OpenStack 8.

A Certified Guest OS has been officially tested by the operating system vendor, or by HPE under the vendor's authorized program, and will be supported by the operating system vendor as a bare metal instance on HPE Helion OpenStack 8.

Ironic Guest Operating SystemVerifiedCertified
RHEL 7.3Yes 
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP3YesYes
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