Folks we are very excited to announce the release of new version of vSphere OpenStack Virtual Appliance (VOVA) based on the new OpenStack Havana release. This release contains several additional improvements over the previous VOVA version based on the Grizzly release. Below are some of the highlights included with the new release:

  • Single Nova compute node can manage multiple clusters under single vCenter.
  • VMDK driver for Cinder enables creation of volumes using vSphere datastores. This allows OpenStack Cinder to present block storage from extensive range of storage solutions certified to work with vSphere
  • Removed the additional VNC password for accessing instances from console in Horizon.
  • First release of “vCenter Web Client Plugin for OpenStack”. This plugin presents OpenStack inventory directly in the vCenter web client. Admins can view the OpenStack related properties of instances along with traditional vCenter details.
  • Added support for vSphere Distributed Switch (vDS)

In addition to the features above there are significant stability improvements across all aspects of running OpenStack on VMware. To get started working and testing OpenStack on vSphere visit the VMware OpenStack community page at

We encourage you to try new VOVA and look forward to your feedback. All documentation for VOVA is available for download in the VMware OpenStack community site.

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Rawlinson Rivera

Rawlinson is a Principal Architect working in the Office of CTO for the Storage and Availability Business Unit at VMware. Focus on defining and communicating VMware’s product vision and strategy, and an active advisor for VMware's product roadmap and portfolio. Responsibilities revolved around connecting VMware's R&D organizations with customers and partners in the field. He specializes in enterprise architectures (private and public clouds), Hyper-converged Infrastructures, business continuity / disaster recovery technologies and solutions including Virtual SAN, vSphere Virtual Volumes, as well as other storage technologies and solutions for OpenStack and Cloud-Native Applications. Rawlinson is a VMware Certified Design Experts (VCDX#86) and main author of the blog