New features

Last updated 5 March, 2019

New features in tech preview

Documentation for the following features are labeled in the HPE OneSphere docs with the tech preview label. 

There are currently no features in tech preview.

See the Release notes for limitations and issues in releases of HPE OneSphere.

What is a tech preview?

A tech preview allows customers to try out a feature before it is fully supported. When using a tech preview feature, note that:

  • The feature may not be functionally complete.

  • Support is provided by HPE on a best-effort basis without any service level agreement (SLA) and without any indication of a fix or resolution.

  • API or other parts of the feature might change before it is fully supported, therefore backward compatibility is not guaranteed.
  • The feature might be withdrawn after the tech preview.

New supported features

The following new features are fully supported in HPE OneSphere.

1 March 2019

11 January 2019

  • Create catalog service groups

    Administrators can create a catalog service group that they can associate to specific project(s). This allows the administrator to control the specific catalog items that consumers can deploy.

    See Creating a catalog service group.

  • Project owner onboarding of public cloud providers

    Administrators can enable project owners to connect public providers (Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure) and regions to HPE OneSphere.

    See Enabling project owners to add public providers and regions.

  • Deploy a private Docker container image/Helm chart to a Kubernetes cluster in VMware vSphere

    Administrators can register a private catalog of Docker containers and Helm charts that is stored in a location on their private network. Developers can deploy a private Docker container or Helm chart to a Kubernetes cluster deployed on a VMware vSphere cluster in a private cloud zone.

    See Registering a catalog and Deploying a Kubernetes container application to the private cloud.

19 December 2018

  • Check AWS service compliance

    HPE OneSphere includes a set of compliance checks for AWS services that are representative of a broader set of compliance rules and frameworks available from Cloud Technology Partners (a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company). Running compliance checks on your project allows you to monitor your managed services in AWS against compliance frameworks.

    See Checking AWS compliance.

24 October 2018

  • Deploy AWS CloudFormation templates

    CloudFormation templates can be a single virtual machine instance (an AWS service) or a combination of virtual machines, container services, and other AWS services (DNS, load balancing, databases, firewalls, and so on) to deploy a full application stack (AWS App Frameworks).

    See Registering a catalog and Deploying an AWS CloudFormation (CFN) template to AWS.

22 October 2018

  • Deploy Open Service Broker services offered by third-party OSB brokers to AWS

    Open Service Broker is a standard API that allows developers, ISVs, and SaaS vendors a simple way to deliver services to applications running within cloud native platforms. HPE OneSphere enables administrators to register services offered by third party OSB brokers into the OneSphere catalog. OSB services can then be deployed to an AWS public cloud.

    See and Registering a catalog and Deploying an Open Service Broker (OSB) service to AWS.

20 September 2018

  • View and manage cost analytics in a new Insights feature

    HPE OneSphere collects data about costs associated with your public and private provider accounts, and displays them as an interactive dashboard view and as downloadable reports. Both the dashboard view and the reports option allow you to configure data from multiple categories, including provider type, account information, region, date range, and more. Currently, HPE OneSphere only shows costs/rates in US dollars ($).

    The new, improved Insights feature in HPE OneSphere replaces an older version of Insights.

    See Managing and viewing cost analytics (Insights).

  • Deploy a Kubernetes cluster and container apps to a VMware vSphere environment

    HPE OneSphere enables you to deploy a Kubernetes cluster to your private VMware vSphere based cloud. This support includes creating virtual machines on demand, installing all required software on the virtual machines, and orchestrating formation of the cluster. Load balancer capabilities are built into Kubernetes clusters that are deployed from the HPE OneSphere catalog. You can also deploy applications to Kubernetes clusters hosted on VMware virtual machines using publicly available Helm Charts and Docker images through the HPE OneSphere catalog.

    After deployment of the cluster, kube_config is accessible from the HPE OneSphere portal and the cluster can be accessed using the kubectl command from a command line.

    See and Registering a catalog and Deploying virtual machines and containers to the private cloud (VMware vSphere).

  • View private zone cluster resource usage and metadata

    The HPE OneSphere portal displays additional information about each connected private zone (VMware vSphere) cluster, host, and KVM servers. This information includes CPU, Memory, attached data storage and allocated storage size, and the number and names of physical servers that comprise a cluster. The data store usage details will be available only for the enabled. These details provide administrators with information about the type of workloads and the projects that should be supported with a particular private cloud deployment.

    See Managing private cloud providers.

  • Connect a vSphere Distributed Switch (VDS)-based VMware vSphere environment to HPE OneSphere

    HPE OneSphere adopts Neutron, an OpenStack networking framework that is actively developed and supported by the OpenStack community, as the underlying networking framework.

    HPE OneSphere discovers and imports the networks and components attached to the vSphere Distributed Switch specified in the HPE OneSphere Connect application. Project administrators can then assign the discovered networks to projects within HPE OneSphere and deploy resources to it through the HPE OneSphere portal and API.

    A hybrid vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS) and vSphere Standard Switch (vSS) configuration is supported. In this configuration, VM networking for VM deployments is configured on vDS. The network segment configuration for the HPE OneSphere Controller can be on vDS or vSS, and VMkernel services (for example management and vMotion) and other networks can remain on vSS.

    See Connecting to HPE OneSphere for the first time and Issues and suggested actions.

16 August 2018

  • Enable Ceph storage consumption capability for KVM virtual machines

    HPE OneSphere includes Ceph configuration capability for consumption by KVM clusters. After deploying and configuring SUSE Ceph in your environment, you can attach persistent volumes to KVM workloads, which enables you to deploy Enterprise class KVM applications in your HPE OneSphere private cloud.

    See Configuring Ceph storage.

30 July 2018

  • Deploy virtual machine images to connected VMware vSphere private zones using OpenStack APIs/CLIs

    HPE OneSphere now enables project consumer to use native OpenStack APIs in addition the HPE OneSphere portal to deploy virtual machine images to VMware private zones using the OpenStack API and CLI.

    See Using the OpenStack CLI with HPE OneSphere.

  • Attach persistent block storage volumes to VMware virtual machines in connected private zones using OpenStack APIs/CLIs

    HPE OneSphere now enables project consumers to attach persistent block storage volumes on the virtual machines running in their VMware vSphere clusters in a connected environment using the OpenStack API and CLI.

    See Using the OpenStack CLI with HPE OneSphere.

20 July 2018

22 June 2018

  • Onboard Microsoft Azure subscriptions as a public cloud provider

    HPE OneSphere expands its public cloud capabilities to include Microsoft Azure in addition to Amazon Web Services. You can now onboard your existing Microsoft Azure accounts and subscriptions to connect them to HPE OneSphere, which allows you to view usage based costs, resource availability, and a performance summary for each Microsoft Azure provider resource.

    See Managing Microsoft Azure public providers.

8 June 2018

  • Onboard an Amazon Web Services (AWS) public billing account and member account

    The AWS public cloud provider onboarding experience has been changed to provide additional flexibility in managing AWS account information. You can now add a public billing account (that corresponds to an AWS payer account) from the Settings > Public Billing Account screen in the HPE OneSphere portal. You add AWS public cloud accounts (that correspond to AWS member accounts) from the Projects > Public Accounts screen.

    See Managing Amazon Web Services public providers.

  • Deploy a Kubernetes cluster to a connected Amazon Web Services provider

    Includes creating virtual machines on demand, installing all required software on the virtual machines, and orchestrating formation of the cluster. After deployment of the cluster, kube_config is accessible from the UI and the cluster can be accessed using the kubectl command from a command line.

    In addition, Kubernetes cluster environment capacity, security, and high availability is expanded with support for managing the deployment of Kubernetes clusters directly within the AWS Autonomous Zone hosting the clusters. This provides improved integration between HPE OneSphere Kubernetes lifecycle management and the container-based workload deployments.

    See Deploying virtual machines and containers.

  • Deploy a Docker container image/Helm chart to a Kubernetes cluster in AWS

    Includes deploying selected container image/Helm charts from the HPE OneSphere catalog, performing updates, viewing deployment status and deleting the container/helm chart.

    See Deploying virtual machines and containers.

  • Generate, store, and access operational audit logs

    This feature enhances auditing of the HPE OneSphere management service to include improved tracking of events on customer's multi-cloud infrastructure, details about users' activities, and historical tracking of user administrative actions completed through the HPE OneSphere portal or REST API. Customers can request a copy of the audit logs by raising a case with HPE OneSphere support.

    See Engaging HPE Pointnext Cloud CoE Support.

  • Improved monitoring and alarm management

    Monitoring and alerting updates provide a scalable and highly available architecture for managing monitoring operations in the application hosting environments both in the publicly hosted clouds and private infrastructures managed through HPE OneSphere.