Complete Your Software Defined Storage Strategy with MinIO Object Storage and VMware vSAN

Compatible with VMware vSAN™ Data Persistence platform, TKGI, Standalone TKGI

Provision high performance, multi-tenant object storage from the vCenter interface starting with vSphere 7.0 U1

Persistent Storage on Any Cloud

Persistent Storage on Any Cloud

MinIO’s object storage integration with the vSAN Data Persistence platform is feature and API compatible with AWS and brings S3 to both GCS and Azure. This enables enterprises to deliver against their hybrid-cloud goals and ensure operational consistency across clouds. Through these integrations, enterprises can confidently migrate high-performance, secure, sustained workloads back to the private cloud, resulting in superior cost and security.

Extraordinary Scale:

Extraordinary Scale

Through the vSAN Data Persistence platform integration customers can now bring big data applications like Spark and Presto, analytic engines like Splunk and Teradata and AI/ML data pipelines with TensorFlow onto VMware’s infrastructure. By unifying key workloads under IT, enterprises enhance manageability and lower costs.

Software Defined for Maximum Flexibility

Software Defined for Maximum Flexibility

MinIO completes VMware’s software defined datacenter strategy by extending that vision to storage. Portable across a variety of CPU architectures and Server platforms, MinIO for Tanzu is ready made to automate the datacenter, compressing IT deployment cycles from months to hours.

A Portfolio of Products

MinIO Object Storage for VMware vSAN™ Data Persistence platform

MinIO provides high-performance, AWS S3 compatible object storage, enabling IT to seamlessly provision multi-tenant object storage directly from the vCenter console while providing API-level control to DevOps and application architects. This integration brings MinIO into the heart of vSphere and therefore into the heart of IT. MinIO supports vSAN, vSAN-SNA and vSAN-Direct through this integration.

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MinIO Internal Blobstore for VMware Tanzu

MinIO Internal Blobstore for Pivotal Platform is a distributed S3 compatible blobstore for VMware Tanzu Application Service for VMs (TAS for VMs). Operators can use MinIO as a blobstore for TAS for VMs instead of the internal WebDAV/NFS, which is a single point of failure. Used for storing buildpacks, droplets, packages, and resource_pool, the internal tile enables modern, sophisticated storage as a core component within Tanzu. Through this tile, MinIO provides Multi-Cloud Object Storage for VMware Tanzu enabling portability for applications through an Amazon S3 compatible API - abstracting the underlying cloud infrastructure.

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MinIO for VMware TKGI

MinIO for Tanzu Kubernetes Grid Integrated Edition (TKGI) provides a Helm Chart to deploy and manage the MinIO Object Storage suite as a native Kubernetes Operator on TKGI. The whole solution is deployed as a Kubernetes StatefulSet on TKGI. Applications deployed on TKGI that use object storage as a fundamental layer, can now run in multi-cloud environments without compromising features or functionality. Enterprises that are engaging in application modernization can now select the best cloud for their application without concern for vendor lock-in.

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vCenter Integration

MinIO’s commitment to Kubernetes made us a natural design partner for the vSAN™ Data Persistence platform. From the very beginning, MinIO has worked alongside VMware to design the most powerful and easily deployed persistent storage service. The result is that a single individual can manage petabyte sized deployments in their spare time and with only a few clicks - providing a powerful incentive to repatriate from the cloud.
MinIO vCenter Integration

Simple to deploy

MinIO integrated with vSphere can create a scalable, high performance, enterprise grade object store with a few clicks via vCenter. This allows a whole new generation of apps and use cases to be realized effortlessly without additional complexity.

Easy to manage

Capacity planning, hardware maintenance, software upgrade, heal monitoring, and performance management can now be done with a unified experience that is integrated with existing operational models.

Cost effective

vSAN Direct with flexible Erasure Coding from MinIO allows fine grained capacity management in addition to storage utilization and overhead. Applications can start small and grow as large as they like without unnecessary overhead and capital expenditure. In addition, erasure coding delivers greater resiliency, high-availability, and usable space compared to replication.

Cloud Native

Cloud-native architectures are built for simplicity and scale. They achieve this by breaking monolithic enterprise applications into scalable, stateless microservices and lambda functions. This makes applications easy to build, fix and continuously deploy. These applications offload vast amounts of states as blobs to a disaggregated object storage. With MinIO developers can write the next generation of applications without compromise.

Secure

MinIO provides a wide range of features to securely store and manage data at scale. Per object encryption, end-to-end TLS, easy upgrades and quick release cycles enable customers to secure their most critical data within MinIO.

Compliant

MinIO’s Object Lock feature is designed to meet securities industry requirements for preserving records in a non-rewritable, non-erasable format. Meeting standards such as Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 17 CFR § 240.17a-4(f), Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Rule 4511(c) and principles-based electronic records requirements of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in 17 CFR § 1.31(c)-(d) allows a wide range of critical applications to be built around MinIO.

Performant

MinIO is a high performance object store, this allows vSAN’s wide range of certified hardware solutions for various performance scenarios to be leveraged for enabling different types of application needs. These could be geared towards low time to first byte, large object counts or high aggregate throughput needs.

Kubernetes Native

MinIO is designed from the ground up to live in a containerized world. This allows for an object store experience in Kubernetes without compromising. vSphere’s integrated Kubernetes experience is further enhanced with MinIO’s Kubernetes native experience.

MinIO with VMWare FAQs

How does MinIO integrate with vSphere?

vSphere 7.0 Update 1 ships with the VMware vSAN™ Data Persistence platform that enables software defined storage offerings like MinIO to be natively integrated with vCenter Workload Clusters running on top of vSAN. This deep integration allows admins to enable, manage and monitor MinIO from vSphere APIs and UI.

The integration includes the lifecycle management of MinIO object storage via the vSphere cluster while offering bare-metal like performance and cost efficiencies.

Which version of VMware vSphere do I need?

MinIO is built on top of the vSAN Data Persistence platform and is available in vSphere 7.0 Update 1 or higher.

Which workloads can leverage MinIO integrated with vSphere?

Object stores are often the core infrastructure that data intensive applications depend on. Because of MinIO’s performance characteristics it is used across a number of applications and use cases:

ML/AI: TensorFlow, KubeFlow, H20.ai

BigData: Splunk, Spark, Presto, Druid, Teradata

Content Delivery: VMware Harbor Container Registry, Video Streaming

Backup: Velero, Veeam

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Can I run MinIO on a Guest Cluster?

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How does MinIO work with Disaster Recovery planning on VMware?

What is the software license for deploying MinIO on vSphere?

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Does MinIO use vCenter HA?

How can I find usage for buckets in a MinIO instance?

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