LightOS 2.0
Lightbits Labs
Data Centre ICT Storage Product of the Year
Entry Description
The explosive growth of storage-guzzling applications has exposed the inherent waste in traditional data center storage solutions. Lightbits Labs’ LightOS takes a new approach as the world’s first and only scale-out, highly available, software-defined NVMe/TCP storage. This award-winning solution is efficient and simple: It disaggregates storage from compute and works regardless of the enterprise’s deployment model or the size of its data center.

Because the approach is new, Lightbits has no direct competition. Enterprises can continue with traditional, proprietary storage methods that that may include private, public or hybrid clouds. Or they can explore the more efficient, scalable, flexible, software-defined LightOS that works with their existing x86 server hardware and low-cost flash storage and runs on heterogeneous server configurations on standard Ethernet TCP/IP networks.

With its unique approach, LightOS is ideal for next-generation applications for cloud environments that require high bandwidth, low latency, and regular response times. LightOS eliminates the problems associated with solutions like cloud-native databases by optimizing flash environments, eliminating long recoveries, increasing disk endurance, and drastically reducing underutilization.

Enterprises relying on LightOS include leading web-scalers, financial services companies, and service providers, who are benefiting from these benefits and features:
• LightOS-based clusters deployed on standard x86 servers can physically reside anywhere in the data center. The cluster management solution considers the failure domains of each server and ensures efficient volume placement for maximal availability and reliability of high-performance block storage.
• LightOS’s flash management isolates application workloads from solid state drives (SSDs) and extends their life by optimizing the internal workload for nonvolatile NAND flash storage, including quad-level cell (QLC) SSDs. Without LightOS, QLC SSDs are limited to read-heavy workloads. LightOS improves the performance and write endurance of QLCs, lowering the cost of media without compromising reliability, availability, or performance.
• Users create logical volumes with differing protection schemes so they can provision storage at the size and protection level they need. While ephemeral storage may not require replication, a highly available database may require multiple copies with the highest level of server availability.
• An included Kubernetes Container Storage Interface (CSI) driver provides seamless persistent storage for containers with on-demand scaling, addressing the shortcomings of running Kubernetes on local storage by eliminating physical server boundaries.

In less than two years, LightOS has successfully challenged the status quo.
“It’s clear that customers want on-demand, high performance, always-available storage no matter where their workloads run. As applications move to the edge, we’re excited about the potential of Lightbits LightOS 2.0 to leverage our rich, interconnected datacenter fabrics, providing local flash-style performance without the operational and reliability issues of server installed drives.” – Zachary Smith, Managing Director for Bare Metal, Equinix

Since its 2016 founding, Lightbits Labs has raised more than $60 million in funding through the financial arms of Intel Capital, Cisco, Dell, and Micron, among others, and holds several existing patents and has more than a dozen patents pending. Lightbits has partnered with industry leading companies including Broadcom, Celestica, Dell, Groupware Technology, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, International Computer Concepts, Intel, Micron, Packet, Supermicro, VMware, and XILINX.
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