Lightbits Labs Reshapes the Software-Defined Block Storage Landscape

To remain competitive in today’s fast-moving and demanding cloud-scale storage environments, IT leaders need to explore ways to increase data center efficiency. An excellent solution of choice is software-defined block storage, which enables huge gains in management flexibility, lowers the total cost of ownership and provides greater operational efficiency.

Lightbits Labs LightOS™ 2.2 delivers innovative software-defined block storage, which delivers an unmatched combination of high performance, resiliency and scalability.

Let’s explore a few of the solution benefits:

The high-performance LightOS software-defined block storage solution is disaggregated, redundant and offers rich data services yet performs like local NVM Express® (NVMe®) flash. A single LightOS target server with drive and target server redundancy can serve up to 3 million random 4K read IOPs and up to 800,000 random 4K write IOPs. LightOS not only lowers TCO by improving capacity and performance, the solution provides rich data services similar to legacy all-flash- arrays, but at NVMe® performance.

With the LightOS 2.2 release we introduced space-efficient snapshots and clones to greatly enhance data manageability. The current release supports up to 1,024 snaps and/or clones on a single volume, and up to 128,000 snapshots and clones per cluster. Snapshot and clone volumes perform exactly like regular volumes, providing real-time responsiveness for enhanced management agility.

Limiting the need for specialized knowledge through open interfaces, LightOS provides the freedom to tailor storage server configurations to the unique needs of any environment. LightOS implements NVMeTM over Fabrics (NVMe-oFTM) utilizing the TCP protocol on Ethernet (NVMe/TCP). LightOS NVMe/TCP not only utilizes the same network cards and infrastructure that might be used by protocols like iSCSI, but the application server block driver is also 100% standard and included in all major recent Linux distributions.

Software-Defined Block Storage

LightOS on standard servers showing various applications, software components and topology

Today’s technology leaders need cloud-scale storage solutions that seamlessly scale up and out to meet current and future business needs. In parallel with advancements in NVMe/TCP, Lightbits Labs LightOS software-defined block storage is rapidly becoming the solution of choice for IT organizations to become more efficient and service-oriented as they modernize their infrastructure.

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