PowerVC Release Content
What’s coming next?
We will continue to enhance PowerVC in 2019, guided by feedback from our thousands of global customers. To do this, the PowerVC team monitors Requests for Enhancements (RFEs) that are posted by customers, and we prioritize work based on the number of votes each RFE receives. Major areas of improvement in 2019 are likely to include broader storage integration, expanded software-defined networking (SDN) capabilities and multi-cloud manager integration.
All statements regarding IBM’s future direction and intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice, and represent goals and objectives only.
PowerVC 1.4.2 (Released December 2018)
SR-IOV support via HMC
SR-IOV is now supported on HMC managed systems, as well as Novabrnk managed systems.
Automated storage port load balancing
You can specify port groups on storage templates to ensure port load balancing. NPIV-attached volumes that are associated with the storage template will be zoned using iterated port groups to achieve load balancing on ports, modules, and controllers. Port groups can be created and set through the user interface for IBM Storwize, System Storage DS8000, and IBM XIV Storage System storage templates. For pluggable storage, you can use APIs.
Create a copy of a storage template
You can’t change a storage template that is already being used. However, you can make a copy, update the copy, and start using the updated storage template. To create a copy, on the Storage Templates page, select the template, and cbrck Create copy.
AIX Secure Boot
Secure boot is supported on POWER9 systems running AIX 7.2 TL3. When secure boot is enabled, the system stack layers (firmware, operating system, and appbrcations) are given signed certificates that are verified on startup. If verification fails, the system is not started. Secure boot is enabled by using a compute template.
Fibre Channel tape pluggable driver
With PowerVC 1.4.2, you can register a special zoning Tape volume provider. Attaching a “placeholder” tape volume using this provider will zone pre-defined storage ports with the virtual machine, allowing it to access any tape volumes mapped to the virtual machine outside of PowerVC.
Nova Availabibrty Zones
Similar to host aggregates (which PowerVC calls host groups), availabibrty zones are logical groupings of hosts. Cloud orchestration products brke IBM Cloud Private and vReabrze Automation need a construct for defining availabibrty zones.Â This feature is enabled in PowerVC via APIs.
- NovaLink supports Capacity on Demand operations when using DRO.
- Virtual machines can use any shared processor pool.
- Remote restart is supported on NovaLink hosts.
- VSAE has been withdrawn from support.
- Activation engine on IBM i is deprecated.
- VSAE deprecation
- RHEL 5.x deprecation
- Simplified and intuitive Web based graphical user interface
- Visibility to resource, health, status and allocations
- Rapid image based provisioning
- Virtual machine capture and catalog
- Virtual machine management
- Storage volume management
- Policy based virtual machine placement
- Rapid time to value, install and configure in less than an hour, little to no training required
- Improve resource utilization
- Reduce burden on IT staff
- Increase user productivity
- Support for OpenStack REST API
- Maintain currency with the OpenStack releases
VMAX REST storage driver technical preview
This technical preview supports the Dell EMC VMAX storage driver that is managed through REST/Unisphere instead of an SMI-S Provider. The SMI-S based driver is still supported, but will be removed in a future release. This function is available with every PowerVC install.
You can now customize the columns that you see and the order that you see them in on the main Virtual Machines, Volumes, and Images pages.
If you have authority to multiple projects, you can select the project you want to work with when you first log in.
PowerVC 1.4.1 (Released June 2018)
IBM Cloud Private integration
IBM Cloud Private is an application platform for developing and managing on-premises, containerized applications. IBM Cloud Private already supports the Power architecture. Now, you can use the FlexVolume driver to specify PowerVC managed volumes for your cloud environment.
Automatically configure candidate port groups for EMC VMAX storage devices
For new VMAX storage registrations, the brst of port groups that PowerVC is allowed to choose from is automatically configured by default, if any fabrics are registered.
Dual-initiator target zoning
PowerVC now supports
initiator-vfc zoning, which puts both the active and migration initiators in a single zone, along with the targets from the storage provider.
Support for asynchronous copies on IBM System Storage DS8000 storage devices
Asynchronous flash copies are now supported on all DS8000 hardware and firmware. This can save a lot of time when deploying virtual machines, especially if you are using spinning disks.
Affinity score checking
After deployment, the virtual machine is assigned an affinity score based on processor and memory resource placement within the host. If affinity score checking is on, the virtual machine can only be migrated to a host if the resulting affinity score will be at least as high as the current score. Affinity score checking can be enabled for POWER9 hosts and is particularly useful for SAP HANA users.
Add or remove data and metadata disks from the IBM Spectrum Scale cluster
When using software-defined storage, you can add and remove data and metadata disks from the cluster.
Quality of Service (QoS) technical preview
When working with software-defined networking, you can specify Quality of Service (QoS) rules. These rules allow you to define how fast a virtual machine can send data without any special hardware required. The abibrty to use QoS rules is included with every PowerVC install, but is a technical preview function.
When working with software-defined networking, you can create security groups. A
SQL based authentication for service users
The SQL driver is now Keystone’s default identity driver for internal service users. Passwords for these service users are not set at the operating system level. Instead, service users and passwords are created in the Keystone database using the SQL driver. These credentials are used in the respective service configuration files as before. You can change passwords for these service users by using CLI command.
PowerVC 1.4.0 (Released December 2017)
Database as a Service technical preview (Cloud edition only)Database as a Service (DBaaS) refers to database instances that are deployed in a cloud, where the user does not need to configure or maintain the database instance or its environment, and can access and use the database just like any other service. PowerVC uses the OpenStack Trove component to deliver these capabilities.
Integrated software-defined storageSoftware-defined storage (converged infrastructure) was previously a technical preview. This support is now included in the official product release. On systems managed by PowerVMÂ® NovaLink, you can use software-defined storage (SDS). SDS requires the software-defined networking (SDN) capability. Together, these two technologies allow administrators to have a predefined node type that has network, storage, and compute all within the server. Then as you increase the number of servers in your environment, the infrastructure elastically and automatically grows.
Support of OpenPOWER and other systems running KVM on PowerPowerVC now supports KVM on Power running Ubuntu 16.04. KVM based systems, such as OpenPOWER, can be managed from the same installation of PowerVC that is managing existing PowerVM infrastructure. This support builds on the software-defined networking and the new software-defined storage features.
Import and export imagesYou can export and import the deployable images between managed storage providers and between data centers from the PowerVC user interface. Use the powervc-image command to import images into PowerVC from outside the managed SAN and export images to a local path in the OVA packaged format.
Create and attach multiple volumesYou can now create or attach multiple volumes at the same time.
Capture a live virtual machineYou can now capture running workloads to avoid disruptions in your environment.
PowerVC 1.3.3 (Released June 2017)
Integration of software-defined networkingWith SDN, you can deploy networks and change your network layout without making physical changes to your network environment. PowerVC supports SDN on PowerVM NovaLink managed systems.
Host memory rebalancing for CoD mobile memoryDynamic Resource Optimizer (DRO) now supports host memory rebalancing for Capacity on Demand (CoD) mobile memory on NovaLink managed systems. With this support, PowerVC can migrate virtual machines or activate mobile memory to correct memory imbalances.
Send emailOn Cloud PowerVC Manager systems, you can configure PowerVC to send emails when certain events happen. Emails are sent via an SMTP server and use addresses retrieved from the specified LDAP server.
Perform more tasks from the user interfaceYou can now perform the following tasks from the user interface: Set project policies, View usage meters (Cloud PowerVC Manager), Work with projects, Work with roles, and Delete multiple volumes.
Set project quotasFrom the user interface, administrators can set quotas for resource usage within a project.
New and changed rolesThe deprecated â€śdeployerâ€ť role is no longer supported, the deployer_restricted role is renamed to â€śdeployerâ€ť, and there is a new project_manager role (Cloud PowerVC Manager only).
Manage an existing virtual machine into a different projectYou can manage a virtual machine into one project, unmanage the virtual machine, and then manage it into a different project when using shared networks.
Register multiple Cisco VSANsYou can register multiple Cisco virtual storage area networks (VSANs) from a Fibre Channel switch.
Register multiple Brocade virtual fabricsYou can register multiple Brocade virtual fabrics from the fabric registration page.
Reference architecture for PowerVC high availability and disaster recovery solutionsPowerVC documentation provides a reference architecture for high availability and disaster recovery solutions.
Rename a virtual machineVirtual machines can be renamed within PowerVC.
Micro-partitioning supportWhen deploying or resizing a virtual machine, you can now set a partition that uses shared processors to use as little as 1/20th of a processing unit.
PowerVC 1.3.2 (Announced October 2016)
Additional LDAP serversIBM Tivoli Directory Server 6.3 and its replacements: IBM Security Directory Server and IBM Security Directory Suite, are now supported.
Virtual machines with vSCSI connections to Hitachi volumesExisting virtual machines with virtual SCSI (vSCSI) volume connections to the Hitachi array are now supported for management in PowerVC.
Activation engine deprecationActivation engine on IBM i is deprecated and will be withdrawn from support in the next release. It is strongly recommended that new IBM i images are constructed with cloud-init. Cloud-init is the strategic image activation technology of IBM. It offers a rich set of system initialization features and a high degree of interoperability.
Software-defined networking (technical preview)Software-defined networking (SDN) virtualizes your network in a similar way that compute resources are virtualized. It allows you to change virtual machine communication without changing your physical network. PowerVC supports SDN on PowerVMÂ® NovaLink managed systems when PowerVC is installed in Technical Preview mode. For details, see Technical preview: Planning for software-defined networking.
Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) supportPowerVC supports SR-IOV network interface connectivity for virtual machines with NovaLink managed hosts. This support includes the ability to set the Virtual NIC capacity, which is the first Quality of Service setting available for PowerVC. This support does not include live partition mobility (LPM) and remote restart functions for SR-IOV backed networks. For details about SR-IOV, see SR-IOV backed networks.
Virtual consolePowerVC supports access to a virtual console for NovaLink-managed virtual machines. To access a virtual console for your virtual machine, go to the Virtual Machine Details page and select the Console tab to launch a VNC session.
Consistency group API support on additional storage devicesThe Cinder consistency group and consistency group snapshot APIs are supported on EMC VMAX, EMC VNX, Hitachi Data Systems, and IBM DS8000 storage devices. For details, see Planning for storage and Supported OpenStack Block storage (Cinder) APIs. Note: The create_from_src API is not supported on EMC VMAX storage devices.
Snapshot support on additional storage devicesThe Cinder snapshot APIs are supported on EMC VMAX, EMC VNX, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM DS8000, and IBM XIV storage devices. For details, see Planning for storage and Supported OpenStack Block storage (Cinder) APIs.
Host memory rebalancingIBM PowerVC Dynamic Resource Optimizer can now migrate virtual machines from overburdened NovaLink hosts based host memory utilization. For details, see Dynamic Resource Optimizer.
Automated remote restartAutomated remote restart monitors hosts for failure by using the PRS (Platform Resource Scheduler) HA service. If a host fails, PowerVC automatically remote restarts the virtual machines from the failed host to another host within a host group. For details, see Automated remote restart.
Shared storage pool provider support on NovaLinkPowerVC can use the NovaLink shared storage pool management capability in these new ways: to automatically discover and use shared storage pool storage providers through NovaLink cluster members, and to support volume connectivity from shared storage pools to virtual machines hosted by NovaLink partitions. For details, see Planning for shared storage pools.
Initiator zoningInitiator zoning is a mode of Fibre Channel zoning. With initiator zoning, a zone is created for each initiator and includes all of the controller targets that are supplied by the volume driver in the initiator target map. This results in fewer zones being created. You can choose whether to use initiator target zoning or initiator zoning when registering a fabric via the user interface or the Register a SAN fabric or switch API.
User and group filteringYou now control which users and groups will be visible to PowerVC when using the local operating system as the identity repository. Previously, user and group filtering was only available when using LDAP. For details, see Configuring operating system users and groups.
Inject an SSH keyWhen deploying a virtual machine from PowerVC, you can inject an SSH public key into the deployed virtual machine. Users can then use the corresponding private key to connect to the deployed virtual machine. For details, see Injecting an SSH key.
Principle Brocade switch is no longer requiredThe requirement that you register a principle Brocade switch has been removed.
Replace messaging certificatesYou can now replace the certificates used to secure AMQP messaging if you believe a certificate has been compromised or if you need to change a property. For instructions, see Providing new certificates for messaging.
Dependency prerequisite checkThe prerequisite checks have been enhanced to check for any packages that are not installed or available via any yum repositories. Running the install with the -t option displays any missing packages along with any other failed prerequisite checks.
API and CLI command updates
These APIs have been added:
host-sriovConfigures SR-IOV adapters during deployment. See Configure SR-IOV adapters for details.
SDN technical previewPowerVC supports the additional OpenStack networks (neutron) APIs for SDN technical preview. See Supported OpenStack Networks (Neutron) APIs for details.
CLI updatesNew and changed CLI commands are listed. For instructions to use the command, open a command line and enter the command name followed by –help.
powervc-servicesThis command also allows you to control services for NovaLink managed hosts.
PowerVC 1.3.1 (Announced April 2016)
IBM Cloud PowerVC Manager
Cloud PowerVC Manager works with PowerVC Standard to provide an end-to-end cloud solution. Cloud PowerVC Manager allows you to provision workloads and manage virtual images, in addition to all PowerVC Standard functionality.
With Cloud PowerVC Manager, administrators can create deploy templates that include an image, its attached volumes, and all necessary deployment settings. Users can then create a virtual machine from that deploy template with just a few clicks. Administrators can also set policies in projects to control what user actions require administrator approval.
Enhancements to PowerVC Standard Edition:
PowerVM® NovaLink enhanced support
Projects allows you to group resources together. Only users who have authority to a project can view or use the resources in that project.
Schedule Dynamic Resource Optimizer
On each host group, you can set up a weekly schedule that specifies when Dynamic Resource Optimizer (DRO) operations are enabled on the host group.
Select which volumes to delete
When deleting a virtual machine, you can select which volumes should be deleted. You can choose to delete only the boot volumes, all attached volumes, or specify a custom list. However, shared volumes will never be deleted.
PowerVC 1.3.0 (Announced October 2015)
Support for IBM PowerVM® NovaLink
PowerVC can manage systems that are being managed by Hardware Management Console (HMC) or NovaLink. Your environment can be comprised of systems that are managed by both types of management systems.
IBM System Storage® DS8000®
For requirements and restrictions, such as firmware and license requirements, refer to IBM XIV® and DS8000 volume driver.
New security roles
With PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2, new roles were added to allow you to manage your user capabilities with more granularity.
Change between NovaLink and HMC management
With PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2, if you have a host that was added to PowerVC as HMC managed, you can change it to be NovaLink managed. However, you must ensure that PowerVC recognizes the change and can continue communicating with it.
With PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2, if you have a host that is NovaLink managed, you can change it to be HMC managed. However, you must ensure that PowerVCrecognizes the change and can continue communicating with it.
Migrate virtual machines regardless of management type
With PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2, virtual machines can be migrated from hosts that are HMC managed to hosts that are NovaLink managed and the reverse. The normal rules surrounding migration still apply.
Dynamic Resource Optimizer
IBM PowerVC Dynamic Resource Optimizer (DRO) continuously monitors the resource utilization of physical hosts and virtual machines in a cloud environment. When usage imbalances are detected, the PowerVC DRO optimizes the cloud, making adjustments for workloads whose characteristics change over time. Capacity on Demand (CoD) fromIBM Power Systems is a powerful tool that allows you to activate unused cores for a host, giving it more computing power instantly. On eligible systems, the PowerVC DRO works with CoD to relieve overburdened systems. For systems that are not enterprise pool members, the DRO migrates virtual machines to ease the burden on overused hosts.
Add up to 25 fabrics
PowerVC supports adding up to 25 fabrics. They can be redundant, but they do not have to be.
New storage connectivity group settings
New settings have been added to help you control how much fabric redundancy is required in your environment.
PowerVC Version 1.3 Fixpack 2 supports deploying virtual machines that use Active Memory Expansion (AME).
PowerVC Content Themes
These themes influence the overall functional content for PowerVC: