Minio Introduces Cloud Native Object Storage Server
February 07, 2017

Minio announced the general availability of its distributed object storage server built for cloud applications and DevOps.

The solution enables applications to manage massive quantities of unstructured data, and enables cloud and SaaS application developers to adopt emerging cloud hosting providers such as Digital Ocean, Packet and Hyper.sh with Amazon S3 like capabilities. Minio’s object storage server is now production ready, with major features such as erasure code, bitrot detection and lambda notification, and has grown in popularity amongst the Docker, Mesos and Kubernetes communities due its cloud native architecture.

Released under Apache v2.0 and written in Go, Minio is enabling developers to store unstructured data on any cloud infrastructure both public and private.

Major product features include:

- Amazon S3 compatibility: Minio supports both Amazon S3 v2 and v4 APIs. This compatibility allows applications to freely move between Amazon AWS and other cloud providers.

- Data protection: Minio withstands failure up to half the number of servers and drives using erasure-code and bitrot protection capabilities.

- Lambda functions: Minio supports Amazon AWS compatible lambda functions to perform useful actions like thumbnail generation, metadata extraction and virus scanning. Notifications are supported through various popular frameworks (AMQP, Elasticsearch, Redis, NATS, WebHooks, Kafka and Postgres) and natively over HTTP long-polling.

Additionally, Minio provides replication and auto-expiry features.

Minio’s community has grown to 125+ code contributors, 5K+ GitHub stars and more than 750 members on the Gitter/Slack channel. Much of the community adoption has come from the US and Europe, followed by Japan. Minio is widely deployed as a Docker container and there are over 400K Docker pulls in the last three months alone.

“If IDC predictions for 2020 were to come true, 44 zetabytes of data will need to be stored,” said Anand Babu Periasamy, co-founder and CEO of Minio. “This is a huge opportunity for free software and open source to finally disrupt the storage industry. By enabling applications to understand objects, like videos and media, using deep learning, we will be able to justify the necessary infrastructure investments. At Minio, we have started a new project, code named ‘X’, to understand video and media content in real-time using deep learning.”

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