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Applies to SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9

2 Hardware and Software Support Matrix

This document lists the details about the supported hardware and software for SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9

2.1 OpenStack Version Information

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9 services have been updated to the OpenStack Rocky release.

2.2 Supported Hardware Configurations

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9 supports hardware that is certified for SLES through the YES certification program. You will find a database of certified hardware at https://www.suse.com/yessearch/.

2.3 Support for Core and Non-Core OpenStack Features

OpenStack ServicePackagesSupported OpenStack ServicePackagesSupported
aodhNoNo barbicanYesYes
ceilometerYesYes cinderYesYes
designateYesYes glanceYesYes
heatYesYes horizonYesYes
ironicYesYes keystoneYesYes
MagnumYesYes manilaYesYes
monascaYesYes monasca-ceilometerYesYes
neutronYesYes neutron(LBaaSv2)NoNo
neutron(VPNaaS)YesYes neutron(FWaaS)YesYes
novaYesYes OctaviaYesYes



Not Supported

SLES KVM Hypervisor

Xen hypervisor

VMware ESX 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


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

    • Symmetric keys

    • Storage keys

  • CADF format auditing events



Not Supported

keystone v3 support


glance v2 API



ceilometer Compute Agent

heat Features Not Supported

  • Multi-region stack


The table below shows supported node configurations. UEFI secure is not supported.

Hardware TypeInterface

2.4 Cloud Scaling

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9 has been tested and qualified with a total of 200 total compute nodes in a single region (Region0).

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9 has been tested and qualified with a total of 12,000 virtual machines across a total of 200 compute nodes.

Larger configurations are possible, but SUSE has tested and qualified this configuration size. Typically larger configurations are enabled with services and engineering engagements.

2.5 Supported Software

Supported ESXi versions

SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9 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 https://documentation.suse.com/sles/15-SP1/single-html/SLES-virtualization/#virt-support-guests

2.8 ESX Guest OS Support

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

2.9 Ironic Guest OS Support

A Verified Guest OS has been tested by SUSE and appears to function properly as a bare metal instance on SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9.

A Certified Guest OS has been officially tested by the operating system vendor, or by SUSE under the vendor's authorized program, and will be supported by the operating system vendor as a bare metal instance on SUSE OpenStack Cloud 9.

ironic Guest Operating SystemVerifiedCertified
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 SP4YesYes