Last Update: 2020-07-22

Table of Contents

Major Updates
Planned Releases
Release Notes
Known Issues
Report Issues
Mailing list
Frequently Asked Questions
Beta Test Subscription and Registration Code
Private channel for sensitive data
Contact Beta Manager



SUSE Enterprise Storage is an intelligent software-defined storage solution, powered by Ceph Technology. It enables enterprises to transform their traditional storage into a cost-efficient, highly scalable and resilient storage infrastructure, capable of seamlessly adapting to changing business and data requirements.

SUSE Enterprise Storage Architecture

Major Updates


Traditionally, SUSE Enterprise Storage delivered RPM packages for Ceph. In the new release, SES 7 will deliver the components as containers. SES 7 uses cephadm an up-stream framework which uses Podman container engine to perform orchestration. Kubernetes and a simple container engine (podman) will use the same containers.

Below are some benefits of containers:

  • Improved upgrade/update story
  • Isolated processes (better debugging/being able to deploy a single PTF container without touching other containers)
  • Ability to add more day 2 operations to deployment framework
  • Align with Kubernetes orchestration by re-using the same containers images
  • Align with upstream community to harness community innovation.
Major Updates
  • Two deployment options
    • Rook/Kubernetes
      • Co-location for compute and storage (Hyperconverged setup)
      • Self-healing, scaling of services
    • cephadm install stack
      • Simplification of Day 2 operations
      • Patch management with SUSE Manager
      • Simplification of future updates
  • Ceph Dashboard: Disk handling
    • Simplification of OSDs (disks) management and replacement
  • Native Windows Client Driver
    • Simplified storage deployment for Windows systems
    • Performance improvement
Planned Releases
  • Milestone 12June 17, 2020
  • Milestone 13July 01, 2020
  • Milestone 14July 22, 2020
  • Milestone 15August 12, 2020
  • Milestone 16September 02, 2020
  • Milestone 17September 16, 2020
  • Milestone 18 (GMC1)September 30, 2020
  • Milestone 19 (GMC2)October 07, 2020
  • FCSMid October, 2020

Please note SUSE reserves the right to change or adapt this schedule. All changes to the plan will be communicated accordingly.




Important: x86-64 and aarch64 support only

Note that SUSE Enterprise Storage is only supported on x86-64 and aarch64, please select the SLE 15 SP2 ISOs accordingly.



Important: These are draft documents

These documents will remain draft throughout the SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta Program. Beta Documentation is not final and maybe inaccurate. SUSE intends to update the documentation accordingly for the duration of the SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta Program.

Release Notes


The following changelogs include changes from all architectures:

Known Issues

  • Ceph Dashboard:
    • Translations to languages other than English incomplete bsc#1172673
  • Documentation:
    • Ceph Dashboard screen shots not updated yet (waiting for dashboard branding)
  • cephadm:
    • upgrade from SES6 (DeepSea) to SES7 (cephadm) still in progress, SES-769
    • osdspec/drivegroup: not enough filters to define layout – Tracker #45263
    • SES-1182 – cephadm: IPv6
    • manage /etc/ceph/cephad.conf SES-1173 – Upgrade to cephadm: Migrate ceph.conf
    • need an orchestrated reboot SES-559 – ceph-salt: Need an orchestrated reboot of the whole cluster or individually
    • SES-1194 – Salt- Forumal: Configure SNMP Traps
    • OSDs are not properly mapped to their OSDSpecs (counting in `orch ls` is wrong)
    • rook: SES-2008 – Container Images for prometheus, node-exporter, alertmanager
    • Unable to create iSCSI target
  • ceph-volume
    • SES-1071 refactor osd creation code path: batch sub-command is inconsistent, not idempotent and thus makes replacing OSDs very awkward. Also:
      • doesn’t allow for testing in teuthology
      • creates multi device VGs in some scenarios
      • doesn’t allow to pre-provision wal/db disks
      • probably other issues I forget
    • cephfs scheduled snapshots:
      • SES-704 – CephFS scheduled snapshots
    • Rook drive group deployment: ceph-volume feature open for review
    • Monitoring
      • The Grafana plugin “vonage-status-panel” no longer works with Grafana 6.7 and newer, which breaks the Ceph cluster status indicators on the “Ceph Cluster” Grafana dashboard (which is not embedded into Ceph Dashboard) bsc#1173810
    • iSCSI, SCSI reservations currently not supported

For reporting bugs and questions please use our email list first. If the reported issue has not been resolved, please open a bug report. .

Mailing List is our Mailing List dedicated to SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta product discussions. It is used by the SUSE Release Team to announce new beta images and technical information, as well as for general or technical questions, feedback, or defect reports related to SUSE Enterprise Storage Beta products from our beta testers base.

Please note that only subscribers can post to our mailing lists. To subscribe, please go to

To see the collection of prior postings to the list, visit the storage-beta Archives.

Please refer to our Mailing Lists Guideline for more information.


Here are the links to the SUSE Enterprise Storage Bugzilla product that you will use for reporting the defects of the following products:

Please refer to our complete Bugzilla guideline for more information and before creating your first bug report: how to use Bugzilla


Frequently Asked Questions

– Beta Test Subscription and Registration Code



Regular product subscription and registration code will not work with the beta products!

Thus we will not provide a beta product subscription or beta product registration code by default for the SUSE Enterprise Storage 7 Beta Program. You should request one via, but we reserve the right to review your case and eventually provide one for your personal beta test.

Without a beta registration code for SUSE Enterprise Storage 7 you won’t be able to access the online channels.

– Private channel for sensitive data

In case you are a SUSE partner or customer and would like to share some sensitive data with us (data for bug reports, feedbacks, etc), please contact us at, and we will review your case and provide you a private channel with us.

– Contact Beta Manager

For questions related to the beta test infrastructure, for example download issues or problems with reporting bugs or the mailing list, please write to