We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"Good interface and a good approach to development and testing environments."
"The ability to spawn a MinIO Tenant on demand and shut it down right after is most valuable."
"Reliable erasure coding."
"The initial setup was very easy - one click, and it was installed."
"Saves a lot of time in generating and managing documents."
"The most valuable feature is the ease of management and administration."
"For starters, MinIO has a good user interface. You can access it through the browser and perform operations like creating the object."
"Very good at object retrieval."
"The SwiftStack Controller, which is the web UI, provides out of band management. This has been one of the best features of it. It allows us to be able to do upgrades and look at performance metrics. It is a top feature and reason to choose the product."
"The monitoring capability is really bad and needs to be improved."
"Limited storage provided in the free version."
"The only downside I see is that you do not have a complete picture of an object."
"The Distributed User Interface (DUI) needs some work. It's hard to view a large set of data on the DUI. It's an issue with the DUI's performance."
"There should be the ability to expand the size after it has already been deployed. Currently, you cannot do that. It doesn't support an increase in size. Each time we spawn a new MinIO, we need to track the particular MinIO instance or tenant that has the file. Therefore, we had to create a multi-tenant solution that tracks the MinIO that has our artifacts. It isn't in one single instance. It should have better multi-tenancy support."
"The solution lacks documentation."
"Lacks documentation for non-Kubernetes users."
"We had minor bugs occasionally."
"The file access needs improvement. The NFS was rolled out as a single service. It needs to be fully integrated into the proxy in a highly available fashion, like the regular proxy access is. I know it's on the roadmap."
"This is an open-source solution but I am using the licensed version."
"We are able to dynamically grow storage at a lower cost. We can repurpose hardware and buy commodity hardware. There is a huge cost savings, on average $100,000 a year compared to traditional storage for what we have at our size."
"The pricing model is great and makes sense. We have talked about how to get into more of a frequent billing cycle than once a year. That would be an interesting concept to add into the product, having the ability to have monthly billing instead of having to do a one-year licensing renewal. However, the way the license works by charging for storage consumed is definitely what makes them the most competitive."
"Dollar per gigabyte, it costs us more because we are storing more. However, if you look at it from a cost per gigabyte perspective, we have dropped our costs significantly."
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MinIO is a high performance, distributed object storage system. It is software-defined, runs on industry standard hardware and is 100% open source under the Apache V2 license.
MinIO is different in that it was designed from its inception to be the standard in private cloud object storage. Because MinIO is purpose-built to serve only objects, a single-layer architecture achieves all of the necessary functionality without compromise. The result is a cloud-native object server that is simultaneously performant, scalable and lightweight.
While MinIO excels at traditional object storage use cases like secondary storage, disaster recovery and archiving, it is unique at overcoming the private cloud challenges associated with machine learning, analytics and cloud-native application workloads.
MinIO is ranked 1st in File and Object Storage with 11 reviews while SwiftStack is ranked 8th in File and Object Storage with 1 review. MinIO is rated 8.0, while SwiftStack is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of MinIO writes "Offers good object retrieval performance and scalability; but native monitoring tools don't work above a certain bucket size". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SwiftStack writes "We are able to dynamically grow storage at a lower cost". MinIO is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Scality RING8, Dell EMC ECS, NetApp StorageGRID and Cloudian HyperStore, whereas SwiftStack is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Dell EMC ECS, Scality RING8, StorPool and Pure Storage FlashBlade.
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