A Storage Architect’s Checklist to the Cloud

SQL, NoSQL, and mySQL databases are the backbone of major enterprises today and they often require a finely tuned high performance storage infrastructure to enable them. Now, with economic and supply chain challenges and the push for faster innovation and digital transformation, organizations are considering migrating these storage-intensive workloads from on-premises to the public cloud. While migrating non-critical applications to the cloud may be straightforward, replicating a high-performance platform for SQL database performance in the cloud can be complex. Until now.

This blog presents a helpful checklist that both Storage Architects and Database Administrators (DBAs) should consider when migrating these types of database workloads to the cloud. It also introduces Lightbits’ unique architecture, which was built from the ground up to deliver SAN capabilities in the cloud and enable enterprises to migrate these storage-intensive workloads to the cloud. Organizations supporting these workloads can achieve greater efficiency, lower TCO, and equivalent performance to local flash using Lightbits on Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure.

A Checklist to the Cloud:

Lightbits Benefits

Lightbits offers a data storage platform for high-I/O workloads on the public cloud, providing SAN capabilities on both AWS and Azure. It delivers higher performance with lower latency than the native storage offerings, predictable and lower costs, comprehensive data services included in the software license, simplicity in provisioning, and scalability across multi-AZ environments.

Performance Figures

SLOB benchmark results demonstrate Lightbits’ superior performance compared to io2.bx (AWS EBS) and Ultra Disk (Azure) in supporting storage-intensive database workloads. In testing using real-world workload scenarios, Lightbits delivers up to 4.6X more IOPS than the best available cloud native storage pm AWS (EBS io2 Block Express), which reaches its limits at around 250K IOPS. And Lightbits on Azure can deliver almost 1M sustained IPS of 8KB while Ultra Disk is limited to only 80K IOPS of 8KB. These benchmark tests illustrate that Lightbits delivers significantly higher IOPS than the native storage offerings, while at the same time delivering 2.5X cost savings for database workloads. Thus, making Lightbits it ideal solution for these workloads in the cloud.


Lightbits enables the migration of storage-intensive workloads − SQL, NoSQL, and mySQL − to the cloud. The Lightbits data platform addresses the challenges of delivering high performance, flexibility, and essential data services, making it a cost-effective choice for storage-intensive workloads. Migrating to the cloud with Lightbits empowers Storage Architects and DBAs to leverage the cloud’s for efficiency, agility, performance, and scalability that can be the catalyst for accelerated innovation and digital transformation.


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