Lightbits Expands Scale-Out Disaggregated Storage Capabilities for Private, Hybrid, and Edge Deployments

Lightbits Labs has announced advancements to its cloud-native storage solution, enabling customers to confidently scale their private, hybrid, and edge cloud deployments.  

With the delivery of LightOS 2.1, Lightbits, recently backed by Intel Capital, has extended its solution’s capabilities, enhancing high-performance, scalability, and low latency.

The new release underpins the Lightbits vision of enabling organizations to benefit from  hyperscale storage for private clouds, but at a fraction of the cost of even the most advanced cloud storage offerings. LightOS 2.1 further enhances QoS for logical volumes during drive failure recoveries, multi-tenancy capabilities and adds directed-availability of snapshots and thin clones.

According to Lightbits, the new age of 5G, IoT, AI, and machine learning and ever-increasing analytics data, calls for cloud-optimized block storage volumes that support higher IOPS, higher bandwidth, and sub-millisecond, low-variance I/O latency. Similar to the Amazon EBS io2 Block Express volumes, which was recently announced at the AWS Re:Invent conference, Lightbits Labs says, LightOS provides high-performance, low-latency block storage volumes for on-prem cloud-native application environments.

“Lightbits realized early on that disaggregated, high-performance software-defined storage that utilized standard Ethernet networking is what would drive successful on-premises cloud deployments,” said Avigdor Willenz, co-founder and chairman of Lightbits Labs and previously co-founder of Annapurna Labs, acquired by Amazon in 2015. “The new Amazon EBS io2 Block Express volumes utilize scalable reliable datagrams that are implemented using custom-built, dedicated hardware. We specifically developed LightOS and NVMe/TCP to avoid the need for special network hardware yet provide a level of performance similar to local NVMe.”

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