Lightbits Named a Finalist for CRN’s 2023 Tech Innovator Award

SAN JOSE, Calif., July 19, 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 Lightbits as a Finalist for the 2023 CRN Tech Innovator Awards in the Cloud Storage category. To determine the 2023 winners, a panel of CRN editors reviewed hundreds of vendor entries – including solution provider testimonials – using multiple criteria, including key capabilities, uniqueness, technological ingenuity, and ability to address customer and partner needs.

The Lightbits Data Platform offers a solution for organizations that want to migrate their IO-intensive workloads to the cloud by overcoming the limitations of native storage offerings. A software-defined data storage system architected for the cloud era, Lightbits offers unparalleled agility, speed, efficiency, and cost-efficiency. The software works with common orchestration environments, including Kubernetes, VMware, and OpenStack, and plugs directly into Amazon EC2 instances and/or Azure Virtual Machines (VMs).

“This recognition from CRN validates our strong market position for offering transformative cloud storage solutions that break the limitations of legacy solutions in terms of performance, scalability, and flexibility,” said Charla Bunton-Johnson, Vice President, Global Alliances and Channels at Lightbits. “We’ve pioneered SAN in the cloud, and enterprise organizations are leveraging Lightbits to migrate their storage-intensive workloads for improved efficiency, predictability, lower costs, and the agility to lift and shift their workloads to any cloud.  Lightbits opens new revenue streams for our channel partners in high growth use cases, such as artificial intelligence, storage-intensive databases (SQL, mySQL), analytics, and transactional workloads.”

Lightbits is built from the ground up to deliver enterprise SAN capabilities in the cloud, with unified storage provisioning and bulk volume management. In these ways, Lightbits fills a void in what native cloud solutions can deliver. It delivers the highest possible performance with consistently low latency, equivalent to direct attached flash but with resiliency and efficiency. Enterprise-grade features include high availability with multi-zone capabilities and hybrid and multi-cloud models in one scheme. Lightbits also offers customers predictable and lower costs.

“We’ve built our business providing industry-leading solutions for our customer base, whether in the public cloud, on-premises, or with a hybrid cloud infrastructure,” said John Barnes, Global Sales Director, Sycomp, a Lightbits Luminary Partner. “Lightbits software delivers an unmatched cloud data experience that checks all the boxes for enabling customer success: high performance, flexibility, and high reliability.”

“CRN’s annual Tech Innovator Awards acknowledge technology vendors committed to new and updated products that are creating the biggest opportunities for the solution providers and strategic service providers working on the front lines with customers,” said Blaine Raddon, CEO of The Channel Company. “Congratulations to each one of this year’s CRN Tech Innovator Award winners. We are proud to recognize these best-in-class vendors that are driving transformation and innovation in the IT space.”

“Lightbits is purpose-built for any cloud. Customers benefit from accelerated performance and flexible deployment options, which enable the most cost-efficient configurations. We continue to see strong demand from our customers for Lightbits,” said Allan Kaye, CEO, Vespertec, a Lightbits Luminary Partner.

The Tech Innovator Awards will be featured in the August issue of CRN and can be viewed online 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 workloads 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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