Lightbits Hits High Gear with New Features, Expanded Intel Support, Customer Success – And a New Board Advisor from VMware
If it seems like Lightbits has been in the news a lot lately, it’s because 2021 is shaping up to be an enormously successful year for the company and our customers. On the heels of an extraordinary 2020 – during which Lightbits grew its revenues by over 5X – the good news keeps on coming in 2021.
New Product Functionality
In March we introduced Lightbits Labs LightOS™ 2.2, which provides an unmatched combination of high performance, resiliency and scalability. LightOS had already delivered data services such as thin provisioning, compression, high-availability and data protection to software-defined, NVMe/TCP storage. With the release of LightOS 2.2, Lightbits now enables Snapshots and Thin Clones at the speed of NVMe.
With these new capabilities, users can quickly and easily create and manage space-efficient snapshots and clones in any compute environment for a wide range of common use cases, including virtualization environments, database DevOps, container applications and much more.
For an overview, be sure to check out The Register’s recent story ‘Lightbits Adds Snapshots and Clones’ for storage expert Chris Mellor’s summary of the new functionality.
Intel Showcases Lightbits Customer
Last week – in concert with Intel’s ‘How Wonderful Gets Done’ event – Intel showcased a Lightbits customer’s ability to achieve a 50% performance increase and 30% total cost reduction using Intel’s latest 3rd Generation Xeon Scalable Processors and Optane.
Aligned to Intel’s mission to help businesses move faster, store more, and process everything more efficiently – from edge to cloud – Finanz Informatik Technologies Services (FI-TS) worked with Lightbits Labs and Intel to deploy a high performance, persistent storage solution for Kubernetes built around Intel’s third generation Xeon scalable processors that lets FI-TS scale their capacity and compute independently while maintaining performance and latency.
With a focus on Germany’s financial sector, cloud services provider FI-TS grapples with the typical challenges that come with cloud native infrastructure, such as increasing capacity and secure multi-tenancy. On top of that, they also have stricter SLAs around performance, latency and data integrity. Any delay or loss of data is literally money lost.
By using Lightbits LightOS in combination with Intel’s unparalleled hardware portfolio, FI-TS was able to increase its overall performance and increase capacity per storage node – while still meeting latency and data integrity requirements. In Intel’s own words, FI-TS “can provision services in minutes instead of days, at speed, savings and scale you can bank on.”
VMware’s Christos Karamanolis Joins Lightbits Board of Advisors
To top it all off, today we’re thrilled to announce that Christos Karamanolis has joined our Board of Advisors. Christos is a Fellow at VMware and known as “the father of vSAN.”
Christos joins a roster of highly respected Lightbits advisors bringing together expert perspectives gleaned at industry leading companies including Cisco, Dell EMC, Intel, Oracle, and VMware.
Be sure to stay tuned for all the latest Lightbits news and developments in the weeks and months ahead. We’re off to an incredibly strong start in 2021, and we’re only getting started.