Welcome to the VMware Cloud Director® Object Storage Extension™ documentation page.

VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension is an integrated storage solution that is provisioned and managed within the VMware Cloud Director framework.

VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension is a standalone middleware service that runs atop of a storage cluster or AWS S3 and provides object storage capabilities to the users of VMware Cloud Director.

Service providers can deploy VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension as a solution add-on, by using the VMware Cloud Director Solution Add-On Landing zone, or to a Linux OS machine, by using the CLI.

VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension supports Cloudian HyperStore, DELL ECS, and Amazon native S3 platforms. You can also integrate any S3 compliant object storage platform using an extension point called Object Storage Interoperability Service (OSIS). OSIS defines a set of management API specifications for VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension to communicate with third-party object storage platforms and exchange tenant and user information.

By using OSIS, cloud providers can provide their tenants with a range of VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension-certified storage options. Partners can join the VMware Partner Program for Object Storage Extension. The program allows partners to certify their OSIS implementations, known as an OSIS adapter by using the VMware offered certification kit for validation. For more information, see the VMware Partner Program for Object Storage Extension and the VMware Object Storage Interoperability Service Development Guide.

The following diagram illustrates the architecture of VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension with Linux package deployment, and the network connections between VMware and storage platform components.


The diagram shows how all Object Storage Extension components work together to deliver object storage capabilities to VMware Cloud Director users.

What's New in the VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension Documentation

VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension version 3.0 includes the following new features:
  • VMware Cloud Director solution add-on installation

    Provider administrators now can install, upgrade or uninstall VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension by using the VMware Cloud Director Solutions Add-on UI. With the add-on installation, VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension runs as a container application in a Kubernetes environment. With the add-on installation, providers can deploy VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension either to a Tanzu Kubernetes Grid multi-cloud cluster in the Solutions organization or to a CNCF (Cloud Native Computing Foundation) compliant Kubernetes cluster outside of VMware Cloud Director. With the Tanzu Kubernetes Grid support, the add-on integrates with Tanzu standard packages for operation optimization, which includes Contour for service load balancing, Cert-manager for TLS certificate management, and Grafana for service metrics.

  • Day 2 deployment configuration through UI

    With the add-on installation, provider administrators can configure VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension on the VMware Cloud Director provider portal, which includes setting a replica number, importing or creating TLS certificate, connecting to a database, configuring storage platform, and so on.

  • VMware Cloud Director extension for Data Solutions integration

    With the add-on installation, provider administrators can select a VMware Postgres instance from the Solutions organization as the database of VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension.

  • Rolling updates

    With the add-on installation, configuration changes for VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension will be automatically verified and applied. Provider administrator can scale out or scale in VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension by using the VMware Cloud Director provider portal.

  • Enhancement for S3

    Support to return ARN (Amazon Resource Name) for tenant storage users. Improved user experience for the Kubernetes cluster protection.

  • Enhancement for OSIS

    Enhanced interface of the Object Storage Interoperability Services to adapt storage vendors.

  • Refreshed support matrix

    Certified new versions of products in the support matrix, including VMware Cloud Director, VMware Cloud Director Container Service Extension, and storage platforms.

Other Resources

VMware Cloud Director Object Storage Extension 3.0
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