Intel to invest in storage solutions firm Lightbits Labs

Intel and Lightbits Labs announced an agreement to propel development of disaggregated storage solutions to solve the challenges of data center operators and improve total-cost-of-ownership (TCO).

This partnership includes technical co-engineering, go-to-market collaboration and an Intel Capital investment in Lightbits Labs, Remi EL-Ouazzane, vice president and Data Platforms Group chief strategy and business development officer at Intel, said.

Lightbits’ LightOS product delivers high-performance shared storage across servers while providing high availability and read-and-write management designed to maximize the value of flash-based storage.

LightOS, while being optimized for Intel hardware, provides customers with vastly improved storage efficiency and reduces underutilization while maintaining compatibility with existing infrastructure without compromising performance and simplicity.

Lightbits Labs will enhance its composable disaggregated software-defined storage solution, LightOS, for Intel technologies, creating an optimized software and hardware solution.

The system 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 Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapters with Application Device Queues (ADQ) technology.

Lightbits and Intel are collaborating to provide solutions to customers and develop the ecosystem to drive adoption of these innovations.

Lightbits Labs demonstrated LightOS NVMe over Fabrics TCP (NVMe-oF/TCP) storage with remote direct memory access (RDMA)-class performance when accelerated with the Intel Ethernet 800 Series Network Adapter with ADQ technology.

ADQ enables NVMe-oF/TCP to achieve distributed storage performance in the same range as RDMA-based protocols, while NVMe oF/TCP enables broad adoption because of its ease of deployment and scalability.

Results show an up to 30 percent improvement in response time predictability as measured by P99.99 tail latency, up to 50 percent reduction in average latency and up to 70 percent throughput increase as measured in IOPS when using ADQ vs. without ADQ.

This integrated solution from Lightbits and Intel delivers persistent storage for cloud native applications with improved price-performance, ease-of-implementation, availability and scalability, said Eran Kirzner, Lightbits Labs CEO and co-founder.

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