My First Two Months at Lightbits: A Journey in Cloud Storage Optimization with Kubernetes, OpenStack, and Database Integration


It’s been an exciting and enlightening journey for me during my first two months working at Lightbits Labs. As a part of the team specializing in cloud storage solutions, I’ve had the opportunity to delve into technical presentations, collaborate with architects, and build Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) models. The focus of our work is on storage solutions for private clouds, hybrid environments, and public clouds, with a strong emphasis on integrating with Kubernetes, OpenStack, and popular databases like MongoDB, MySQL, and Oracle. I’m thrilled to share some of the remarkable insights and experiences I have discovered thus far.

Surprising Discoveries in Public Cloud TCO

One of the standout moments in my early tenure is the revelation regarding the TCO of storage in public clouds, particularly when paired with databases like MongoDB, MySQL, and Oracle. Through careful analysis, we found that storage assigned directly to an instance consumes a significant amount of CPU power, impacting performance and cost. However, the introduction of our flagship product, Lightbits, revolutionized the landscape.

By implementing Lightbits, we could achieve up to a remarkable 40% reduction in CPU usage, even in complex setups involving databases. This reduction, in turn, led to a minimum of 15% fewer Virtual Machines required, not to mention improved storage utilization. Gone are the days of oversubscribing capacity – Lightbits seamlessly integrates compression and thin provisioning to optimize resource allocation in the public cloud, Kubernetes, OpenStack, and database environments.

Performance and Cost Efficiency with Databases

The benefits of Lightbits in environments that include popular databases like MongoDB, MySQL, and Oracle are substantial. In addition to CPU savings, Lightbits provides a significant boost in performance, all while maintaining a lower TCO compared to other external and/or cloud-native storage solutions. It effortlessly handles the unique storage requirements of these databases, optimizing their performance. Please have a look at the graph for potential cost savings in the cloud.

Azure costs per month

Kubernetes and OpenStack Integration

Lightbits’s integration with Kubernetes and OpenStack, combined with its database compatibility, make it a powerful tool for seamless management and scaling. Whether it is managing persistent volumes for databases running in Kubernetes pods or orchestrating storage for OpenStack instances, Lightbits streamlines these operations, ensuring optimal performance without the complexity.

Private Cloud Efficiency and Customer Insights

In the realm of private clouds, our focus remains on optimizing TCO, reducing overhead, and ensuring consistent high performance, even with the inclusion of databases. Private cloud infrastructures have to deliver peak performance, especially during critical periods. Lightbits, with its Kubernetes, OpenStack, and database compatibility, proves invaluable in meeting these demands.

But it’s not just the technology that’s been eye-opening. Interacting with our diverse customer base, many of whom rely on databases like MongoDB, MySQL, and Oracle, has been a tremendous learning experience. Understanding how our clients leverage our solutions in these intricate environments and hearing their success stories has been invaluable. We’ve been able to gather lessons learned from our customers and apply them to better serve our new clients, creating a symbiotic relationship that fosters growth and innovation.


My first two months at Lightbits have been nothing short of enlightening. I’ve had the privilege of working on cutting-edge storage solutions with seamless integration into Kubernetes, OpenStack, and databases like MongoDB, MySQL, and Oracle. Witnessing firsthand the transformative impact these integrations can have on private and public cloud infrastructures, and the performance of critical databases has been truly rewarding.

Lightbits’ ability to optimize CPU usage, reduce costs, enhance performance, and simplify storage management in such diverse environments has proven to be a game-changer for our clients. Additionally, the insights gained from our customers, who rely on databases in complex setups, have deepened my understanding of our products and strengthened our commitment to delivering exceptional solutions.

I eagerly look forward to the next chapters of my journey at Lightbits, where I hope to continue innovating and exceeding the expectations of our valued customers in Kubernetes, OpenStack, and the ever-evolving world of databases.

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