FreeNAS: Configure Veeam Backup Repository Object Storage connected to FreeNAS (MinIO) and launch Capacity Tier

Greetings friends, I have been showing you in this series of blogs about FreeNAS, how to deploy it on VMware vSphere in a very comfortable way, how to add an SSL certificate with Let's Encrypt to publish FreeNAS services securely, and how to configure the Object Storage service of FreeNAS (based on MinIO) with just a few clicks.To conclude the series, I'd like to talk about how we can combine what we've learned with Veeam Capacity/Cloud Tier.

Scale-Out Backup Repository - Basics

Before we go any further, it is important that we understand what we intend to do. Cloud/Capacity Tier builds on Veeam's Scale-Out Backup Repository to combine Performance Tier and Capacity Tier.If we saw it in a very simple diagram, we would have the following, a combination of local extents (Backup Repositories) called Performance Tier, to which is added a Capacity Tier based on Object Storage to which are sent the copies we don't need to have in the performance tier:

FreeNAS: Enable and configure Object Storage in FreeNAS 11.x compatible with S3 APIs – Based on MinIO

Greetings friends, in previous posts on FreeNAS 11.x I have shown you how to deploy it over vSphere, and how to deploy an SSL certificate using Let's Encrypt, both posts have been very well received by those who are using Homelabs, or if you have small businesses where your hosts have a lot of local storage it is a good idea to put that storage to new use.Today I bring you the step by step to configure Object Storage in FreeNAS 11.x, which makes use of MinIO as a platform to serve the S3 APIs.

What is MinIO?

MinIO is an open source object storage server released under the Apache v2 license. It is compatible with Amazon S3's cloud storage service. MinIO follows a minimalist design philosophy.MinIO is light enough to be packaged with the application stack. It is located on the side of NodeJS, Redis, MySQL and the like. Unlike databases, MinIO stores objects such as photos, videos, log files, backups, container/VM images, etc. MinIO is best suited for storing information notes ranging from KBs to TBs each. In a simplistic sense, it is like an FTP server with a simple get/put API over HTTP.

Why is it so interesting to deploy Object Storage S3 over FreeNAS 11.x?

MinIO scales up to many PBs, simply and without great complexity.MinIO can be configured in distributed mode to configure a high-availability storage system with a single object storage deployment. With distributed MinIO, we'll make optimal use of storage devices, regardless of their location on the network.To be able to launch a solution like MinIO, which is simple and used in millions of places in the Planet, besides having the most recent APIs of S3, makes this software a very good option so that we can take advantage even more of the storage that we have in vSphere, or in some Host that we do not use, or simply to put it in production, and to make use of the advantages of S3, but in a local way, that can be extrapolated quickly to Public Cloud using Object Storage clear.