Intel has reached an agreement with the company Lightbits Labs (in which it has also decided to inject capital, although the amount invested has not been disclosed) to improve the performance of storage systems in data centers.

More specifically, the two companies want to research and develop solutions for when the storage systems do not work properly due to the presence of some strange hardware or because they have the disk capacity blocked. These situations occur when storage has been allocated for certain applications but cannot be used or is unavailable for some reason, such as connection problems.

When this unused disk capacity occurs, the storage units continue to consume power , resulting in double waste (both energy and resource useless).

The challenge is to reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of these infrastructures by improving the capacity and performance of the disks.

Customized for Intel

To improve this storage performance, LightOS will be used, a Lightbits solution that offers high-performance shared storage between servers and allows you to manage the read and write of flash-based storage. LightOS is optimized to work with Intel hardware and promises to improve storage efficiency, optimizing its use and without the performance of the entire CPD being affected by the running application.

In fact, the LightOS storage solution has been tested with Intel’s Ethernet 800 series of network adapters with Application Device Queues (ADQ), which is designed to achieve faster and more predictable Ethernet.

With the Intel alliance, Lightbits Labs will optimize LightOS to work better with Intel technologies . Additionally, it will utilize Intel Optane persistent memory and Intel 3D NAND SSDs based on Intel QLC technology, Intel Xeon Scalable processors with unique built-in Artificial Intelligence (AI) acceleration capabilities, and the aforementioned Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters with Technology. Application Device Queues (ADQ).

Although Lightlabs will optimize its solution for Intel, it does not require specialized hardware, so the TCO also promises to be lowered.