CRN’s 2023 Inclusive Leadership Network Honors Charla Bunton-Johnson of Lightbits

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 10, 2023 – Lightbits®, the innovation leader in simple, flexible, and cost-efficient data platform solutions for any cloud, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Charla Bunton-Johnson, Vice President, Global Alliances and Channels at Lightbits, to its inaugural Inclusive Channel Leaders list for 2023. CRN recognizes Charla for her unwavering dedication to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) in the channel and the greater technology industry.

Earlier this year, Bunton-Johnson earned a spot on the prestigious CRN 2023 Channels Chiefs list. This recognition pays tribute to IT channel executives who make significant strides in advancing the channel and effectively executing channel partner programs and strategies. For more than twenty years, Bunton-Johnson has been helping organizations scale their business through channels, alliances, Cloud Service Providers (CSPs), and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

“I am honored to be included in this inaugural Inclusive Channel Leaders list. This recognition is a testament to Lightbits’ team and our unwavering commitment to cultivating inclusivity within the industry,” said Bunton-Johnson. “Innovation through inclusion and diversity is in our DNA. It’s reflected in our technical alliances and collaborations that result in efficient, flexible, and agile cloud solutions that equip organizations to build a cloud or migrate critical Tier 1 workloads to the public cloud. The channel is a crucial component of our go-to-market strategy, enabling solution providers to offer a complete, turnkey, high-performance storage system that is easy to consume for our joint customers.”

In her current position at Lightbits, Charla has strategically driven growth through the channel. Her duties encompass creating and strengthening alliances that enhance partner success, along with overseeing the company’s global GoPurple channel partner program that reflects Lightbits’ ‘better together’ strategy, which forms the backbone of its ecosystem of solutions built on the Lightbits Data Platform.

The 2023 Inclusive Channel Leaders list will be featured in the July issue of CRN Magazine, at

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Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), offers a Complete Data Platform for any cloud in VMware, Kubernetes, and OpenStack orchestration environments. It enables organizations with a cloud-first strategy to move IO-intensive database, analytic, transactional, and streaming applications that may be on DAS or SAN to the cloud without compromise. It delivers high performance, consistent low latency, and predictable low costs that cloud-native block storage solutions cannot provide. The native NMVe/TCP and clustered architecture, coupled with innovative Intelligent Flash Management and rich enterprise data services solve the storage challenges endemic to cloud-native applications. Lightbits is backed by enterprise technology leaders [Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, Lenovo, and Micron] and is on a mission to deliver a robust cloud platform with unmatched efficiency, agility, and flexibility.

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