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MinIO and VMware Extend Partnership With vSAN Persistent Data Platform Integration

MinIO brings cloud native object storage into heart of VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu as initial design partner.

MinIO, Inc. announced an expansion of its partnership with VMware, Inc. integrating its object storage with VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu through VMware’s vSAN Persistent Data Platform.
This integration pairs MinIO’s cloud-native application ecosystem with VMware’s IT customer base accelerating the adoption of Kubernetes across the enterprise.
MinIO’s integration enables access to the underlying storage with introduction of vSAN Direct, a technology that provides select persistent services with direct access to the underlying disks, enabling IT administrators to provision peta-scale infrastructure with a few clicks in the vCenter interface. Leveraging a simplified datapath, the integration allows MinIO to run at read/write speeds approaching their small NVMe cluster benchmarks of 183 GB/s and 171 GB/s respectively.  By enabling MinIO to operate at the supervisor cluster level, directly on top of vSAN Direct the integrated solution empowers enterprises to create extremely large scale object storage clusters with minimal friction.
With the addition of MinIO object storage to the vSAN Data Persistence platform VMware gains access to the ecosystem of cloud-native applications that depend on MinIO for their data infrastructure. The company, in turn, benefits from access to VMware’s enterprise IT ecosystem. When released, IT administrators will be able to provision high-performance, multi-tenant object storage from the vCenter interface with only a few clicks.
“We are delighted to have MinIO as our first design partner for the vSAN Data Persistence platform,” said Lee Caswell, VP marketing, VMware. “MinIO has pioneered Kubernetes-native object storage and has established itself as an object storage leader in simplicity, performance and resiliency. Because they were Kubernetes-native from the onset of the company, MinIO brings a rich portfolio of cloud-native applications to our enterprise IT customers.”
This integration supports VMware’s goal of letting enterprises build, run, manage, connect, and protect any app on any cloud and across clouds. That requires consistency with regard to the infrastructure, operations and developer experiences. In addition to vSAN, MinIO abstracts the differences inherent in both public cloud object storage and private cloud protocols such as HDFS, NFS, SMB, and iSCSI. MinIO can be deployed on any cloud infrastructure, converting them into an AWS S3 compatible object storage service, while simultaneously providing seamless interoperability to existing storage systems. Applications are able to access data on their existing legacy systems without migrating the data over. As a result, both cloud-native applications and traditional enterprise applications can co-exist – creating a roadmap for the eventual migration to 100% cloud native.
“The launch of the vSAN Data Persistence platform is a remarkable achievement and will significantly accelerate the adoption of Kubernetes by simplifying how this powerful technology goes to market,” said AB Periasamy, co-founder and CEO, MinIO. “The combination of MinIO’s software-defined, high-performance, cloud-native object storage with VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu opens up use cases and applications that were beyond the reach of each company individually.”
MinIO’s software release for the vSAN Data Persistence platform will be available through VMware Cloud Foundation with Tanzu’s vCenter interface. Customers will be able to trial the software for 60 days through a license key. All trial customers will be onboarded to the MinIO Subscription Network where they will receive support, diagnostics and can manage their licensing going forward.
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May 29, 2020 | Press Release