S3-Compatible Storage for VMware Cloud Foundation

Cloudian brings enterprise-grade S3-compatible object storage to VMware Cloud Foundation, allowing customers to deploy Cloudian HyperStore on VMware vSphere cluster and leverage underlying vSAN disks for storage of object data. The integrated solution will allow IT operators to modernize their storage infrastructure to meet the requirements of any application on a unified storage platform, at scale, on-prem, and in the cloud, delivering better performance and availability at lower TCO.

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S3-Compatible Storage for VMware Cloud Director

VMware Cloud Director datasheetCloudian Object Storage for VMware Cloud Director is a storage platform that lets VMware cloud providers and their tenant users deploy, manage and consume S3-compatible storage within their services environment.

For cloud providers, this opens the door to new service revenue streams in use cases such as data protection, big data, healthcare, media archives, video surveillance, and more. For their tenant customers, it delivers a best-in-class object storage service fully integrated and delivered through their preferred cloud management platform.


  • Proven interoperability with the S3 API
  • Native integration with VMware Cloud Director
  • VCD virtual appliance deployment model
  • Limitless storage scale within a single namespace
  • Self-service storage management for customers
  • Helps cloud providers offer differentiated and value-add services
  • Available as a pre-configured appliance or as software-defined storage

Prevent Ransomware Attacks with Veeam, VMware, and Cloudian

In this video, Rajeev Bhardwaj, VP of Products at VMware, Dave Russell, VP of Enterprise Strategy at Veeam, and Jon Toor, CMO at Cloudian, discuss new technology from Veeam and Cloudian, managed within VMware Cloud Director, that locks down your backup data so that it keeps your data safe and malware out.

Solution Demo: Backup-as-a-Service

Backup-as-a-Service provides a compelling business model for service providers. This demo shows how a tenant can easily protect data using Veeam Backup & Replication together with VMware Cloud Director and Cloudian.

To learn more about the economics of Backup-as-a-Service, download our eBook, Building a Profitable MSP Business Model for Backup and Storage-as-a-Service.

Deployment Options

Choose from two deployment options. Deploy Cloudian software on existing VMware servers or select a pre-configured Cloudian hardware platform. Either way, pay-by-use for the Cloudian software. Metering and billing are provided via VMware using VCPP points.

With existing servers, deploy on a VM or on the server platform you prefer.

Alternately, the Cloudian hardware platform option provides an appliance-like experience.  Pre-installed software on high-density servers make it easy and cost-effective to get started.

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1. Existing VMware Servers
Deploy Cloudian software on existing servers and get S3-compatible storage within your current infrastructure. Run Cloudian software as a VM, or deploy on bare-metal servers. Software is sold and metered through VMware. Pay only for the capacity used

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2. Cloudian Hardware Platform
For added convenience, select a hardware platform from Cloudian. This provides an appliance-like experience with pre-configured software. Device capacities range from 96TB to 1.5PB in both 1U and 4U height form factors. Software license is sold and metered through VMware.


S3-Compatible Storage
Fully-compatible, native S3 API, the de facto language of the cloud. Enables a wide range of use cases for high-value services offerings and software development.

VMware Cloud Director Integrated Management
Manage commonly used storage functions, such as reporting and configuration of users and groups, are accessed from within the VMware Cloud Director user interface. For advanced functions, a single sign-on provides seamless access to the Cloudian user interface.

Geo-Distribution and Cloud Storage Migration
Policy-based tools enable simple, secure storage migration and management across sites storage resource optimization, all within a single namespace.

Modular Scalability
Start small and grow without interruption to an exabyte within a single namespace.

Quality of Service
Manage service level agreements with bandwidth controls to ensure a consistent customer experience.

Generate client billing information using selected usage parameters.

Granular Storage Management
Manage data protection and security at the bucket level to tailor capabilities for specific users.

Multi-tenant Resource Pooling
Create isolated, secure storage pools within a shared storage platform. Customers have independent role-based authentication and fine-grained access controls.

Data Durability Up to 14 Nines
Deployment options, including erasure coding and data replication, allow for configurable data durability up to 99.999999999999%.

Self-service Management
Role-based access controls allow customers to select and provision storage on-demand from a service catalog via a self-service portal.

“Our customers increasingly demand S3-compatible storage to capitalize on both the growing ecosystem and unbeatable economics of this storage technology. We can now provide the benefits of Cloudian’s proven S3-based solution within a VMware Cloud Director-managed environment that unifies all their storage, further reinforcing the outstanding value and service we deliver.”

William Bell
Executive Vice President of Products

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“For our clients, cloud is no longer a strategic goal in itself. It is simply a means to other genuinely strategic ends, whether that’s monetizing data through cloud-based data insights, managing and protecting data flows amid global collaboration, or preparing for rapid growth. The combined Cloudian-VMware solution delivers the highly scalable, cost-effective storage platform needed to support such forward-looking data optimization goals, and as an early adopter of innovative technology, we’re excited about leveraging it to deliver even greater value in this rapidly changing cloud environment.”

Julian Box
Founder & CEO


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