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File and Object Storage
September 2022
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Solutions Architect at Signal Technology Group
Real User
Has good container installation features
Pros and Cons
  • "The container installation features are good. The S3 feature provisions the storage buckets making it easy. It allows me to spin up the public buckets with open-source technology."
  • "The MinIO dashboard is minimal as there are only a couple of features inside the dashboard for a basic user. I would like this to be more robust with more click-around features."

What is our primary use case?

I am a solutions architect. MinIO is a public cloud type of storage that can attach external storage volume. I run it proprietary, or open-source. I use it to run a lot of test instances and production, spinning a new product out of it. In general, I use it for the S3 cloud storage capabilities.

Internally in our company, we have five people that use MinIO by putting their data in and heavily pound it for testing efforts.

How has it helped my organization?

With different types of storage, MinIO enables me to create these storage volumes called buckets, this is an S3 type cloud storage, I can attach these cloud buckets to different types of storage and actually create levels, or tiering of options of storage levels. If you were using Dropbox, I can attach a cloud storage volume to that Dropbox and it can be publicly shared as opposed to you having to do a file sync and share with basic storage.

What is most valuable?

The container installation features are good. The S3 feature provisions the storage buckets making it easy. It allows me to spin up the public buckets with open-source technology.

Another valuable feature of MinIO is Erasure Coding which is comparable to enterprise-based systems.

What needs improvement?

The MinIO dashboard is minimal as there are only a couple of features inside the dashboard for a basic user. I would like this to be more robust with more click-around features.

It is important that MinIO continues to increase its performance. With the increased scaling of specific research coding and the specific throughput the features currently work well, however they need to continue to maintain that community.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability of MinIO is great. It is a software defined storage that will manage everything well if everything is configured and setup correctly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

MinIO is very easy to scale as it is scale-out architecture. If I need more performance, more memory, or more discs I can add another virtual machine and it attaches to it nicely. 

How are customer service and support?

MinIO is open source software. It is community based so its developed by the community.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I was using Amazon's S3 and nothing really seemed to work as well as this, until MinIO, the product is comparable. The main reason I switched to MinIO was that it is open source.

How was the initial setup?

Deployment of MinIO depends on what you are trying to accomplish. In my case, it is a four-node cluster with a minimum of four servers, and took myself, a senior cluster role, a full day. The biggest complexity is how you configure the storage around this. You can storage attach, which can get complicated making it an intermediate level of deployment.

What about the implementation team?

This solution is maintained in-house however, there are a lot of factors around that. MinIO manages disc failure, so you need to have hot spares of failing hard drives. You also need to maintain your operating system to make sure that the caching is running optimally and that you get your updates and patches on. Within MiniIO, I look at the caching between the discs. Sometimes you can have files that lock and are holding something up on a certain file.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

MinIO is open source so it is free.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Hitachi HCP is an option that I compared MinIO against.

What other advice do I have?

Our intention is to rollout MinIO as an enterprise, product offering, to customers. It will be part of a big ecosystem of cloud-based storage. If a company is coming off object storage, or if they were looking at Hitachi HCP be sure that you deploy with your Erasure coding and look into the caching configuration.

As far as functionality and stability on the backend of MinIO I would rate it an 8 out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Other
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Architecte technique at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Stable with good technical support and easy to manage
Pros and Cons
  • "The initial setup is pretty quick."
  • "Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as a platform of NAS for users that use NFS devices.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very easy to manage.

Overall, the product has great performance.

The initial setup is pretty quick.

We've found the pricing to be okay.

Technical support has been great so far.

The stability of the solution is reliable.

What needs improvement?

Compared to, for example, Hitachi NAS, the solution is not mature at all. It's just in its infancy as far as technology goes.

That means there are some features that just arent yet available on the product. When we ask for customization or certain features, we'll get a response saying "it's not available yet" or "that's in the pipeline". We have a complicated enterprise, therefore we need more features, perhaps, than the average user, and in this sense this product is limited.

We're on a dark site. We don't have internet access. This isn't great for FlashBlade, which needs to be connected to the internet. It's a website, so it needs to be connected in order to provide reports. Therefore, reporting isn't available to us.

We'd love a better dashboard that offers more accurate metrics. We'd like more details about what is happening on the system, so we can notify the clients as necessary.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've only been using the solution for three months. It hasn't been too long.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is quite stable. We don't have any issues with it crashing to freezing. It's reliable as far as I can tell.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We've only been using the solution for three months. We haven't really tested scalability. It's my understanding that it is scalable however, I don't have any first-hand experience in the matter.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've contacted technical support in the past. So far, we've been quite satisfied with their level of service. They've been very good to us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used to use Hitachi NAS, which is a much more robust product. It's been on the market for a while, so it definitely has a few more features than this solution.

How was the initial setup?

I would describe the process as pretty straightforward. It's not too complex. 

It only takes a day to set everything up and deploy it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing of the solution is reasonable. It's not too expensive. We've found it to be pretty fair and we haven't been surprised by any costs.

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with the company.

Overall, I'd rate the solution eight out of ten.

We'd recommend the solution to others. It's worked well for us so far. Of course, it would depend on a company's use case and what they need to achieve.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Mir Gulzar Ahmed - PeerSpot reviewer
Manager IT at Synergy Computers
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Great at meeting object storage challenges, very cost-effective

What is our primary use case?

There are specific use cases for StorageGRID. The target customer market is the oil and gas sector, and media and entertainment, where they have large files including videos and archived news information. I am head of IT support and services and we are customers of NetApp StorageGRID.

What is most valuable?

The solution is very easy to deploy for any IT personnel. It's also cost-effective. It addresses all the challenges customers have with regard to object storage.

What needs improvement?

Marketing is a very weak area of NetApp in Pakistan. They are not investing in the Pakistan market. Improvements need to be made in the customer support area.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's more scalable than Hitachi Content Platform offering near to unlimited space. No company can reach the limits of NetApp StorageGrid, because of the petabytes.

How are customer service and support?

The company still has no footprint in Pakistan. We are lucky that the solution is simple to maintain. In that respect, Hitachi provides better support for their product. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward. 

What other advice do I have?

I rate this solution nine out of 10.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Buyer's Guide
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