Minio is a cloud storage server compatible with Amazon S3.
Minio is designed to be minimal and scalable and best suited for storing unstructured data such as photos, videos, log files, backups, and container / VM images. The size of an object can range from a few KBs to a maximum of 5TB.
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MinIO is hardware agnostic and runs on a variety of hardware architectures ranging from ARM-based embedded systems to high-end x64 and POWER9 servers. However, for a large scale data storage infrastructure, we recommend the following server configurations in capacity and performance flavors.
Processor: X86-64 or ARM64
Network: Single or Dual 100 GbE NICs
OS: Linux kernel 4.x or higher
Drives: NVMe Flash PCIe Gen 5.0 drives
Memory: 256GB or more
For more detailed information, refer to the Minio installation requirements.
Minio is an open-source object storage server that is compatible with the Amazon S3 API. It is designed to be lightweight, scalable, and easy to deploy. Common use cases for Minio include:
Object storage, private cloud storage, backup and archiving, data lake storage. media and entertainment. DevOps artifact storage, analytics and big data, IoT data storage, multi-cloud storage, content delivery, and hybrid cloud deployments.
Several popular alternatives to Minio exist, each with its own features and capabilities for object storage. Here are some popular alternatives:
Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)
Google Cloud Storage
Microsoft Azure Blob Storage
Swift (OpenStack Object Storage):
Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage
Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage
IBM Cloud Object Storage
Alibaba Cloud Object Storage Service (OSS)
Rook (with Ceph)
Minio differentiates itself from other object storage servers through several key features and design principles. Here are some ways in which Minio stands out:
Minio is designed to be fully compatible with the Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) API. This compatibility makes it easy for users to integrate Minio into applications, tools, and workflows that were originally built for S3.
Open Source and Community-Driven:
Minio is an open-source project, and its development is driven by a vibrant community of contributors. The open-source nature allows users to inspect the code, contribute to its development, and customize it to meet specific needs.
Lightweight and Standalone:
Minio is lightweight and can be deployed as a standalone object storage server. This simplicity makes it easy to set up and use, particularly for smaller-scale deployments or for users who want a straightforward and efficient storage solution.
Scalability and Horizontal Expansion:
Minio is designed for horizontal scalability, allowing users to add more nodes to a Minio deployment to achieve increased storage capacity and throughput. This scalability is important for organizations with growing storage needs.
Minio’s distributed architecture enables users to deploy it across multiple nodes, forming a distributed object storage cluster. This architecture enhances fault tolerance and ensures that data remains accessible even if some nodes in the cluster fail.
Erasure Coding for Data Protection:
Minio uses erasure coding as a method of data protection. This technique allows for the distribution and redundancy of data across multiple drives or nodes, reducing the likelihood of data loss due to hardware failures.
Ease of Deployment and Configuration:
Minio is known for its ease of deployment and configuration. It can be deployed on various environments, including on-premises hardware, public cloud, and Kubernetes. Minio’s configuration is done through simple text files, making it accessible to a wide range of users.
Object Tagging and Versioning:
Minio supports object tagging, which allows users to assign custom metadata to objects. It also provides versioning, allowing users to retain and manage multiple versions of an object over time.
Extensive Documentation and Community Support:
Minio provides extensive documentation that includes guides, tutorials, and API references. The active community around Minio contributes to forums, discussions, and support channels, making it easier for users to find assistance and solutions to common challenges.
Multi-Tenant Access Control:
Minio offers multi-tenant access control, allowing administrators to define access policies and permissions at the bucket and object levels. This granular access control ensures that data is accessed and modified according to defined security policies.
Multi-Cloud and Hybrid Cloud Support:
Minio is designed to be cloud agnostic, enabling users to deploy it across different cloud providers or in hybrid cloud environments. This flexibility is valuable for organizations with diverse infrastructure requirements.
Here’s why Kamatera stands out as the most compelling option for Minio hosting:
Cutting-edge hardware: Kamatera leverages Intel Xeon Platinum processors and NVMe SSD storage, guaranteeing exceptional performance for your solution.
Global network reach: With 18 data centers strategically located across four continents, Kamatera provides low-latency access to your server, regardless of your users’ geographical locations. This minimizes lag and ensures consistent performance for geographically distributed teams.
Elastic infrastructure: Kamatera’s infrastructure seamlessly scales to accommodate your growing needs. You can easily add or remove resources on-demand, without downtime or performance bottlenecks.
Industry-leading security measures: Kamatera prioritizes security by implementing data encryption, access control mechanisms, vulnerability scanning, and compliance with industry standards like PCI DSS and SOC 2.
24/7 Support: Kamatera’s dedicated support team is available 24/7 to assist you with any questions or issues you may encounter with your Minio hosting.