Lightbits VP Charla Bunton-Johnson Recognized in CRN’s 2022 Women of the Channel

Organization receives two additional accolades from CRN in recognition of its commitment to strengthening the IT channel through innovative solutions

San Jose, Calif., May 11, 2022Lightbits®, the first software-defined NVMe® data platform for any cloud, today announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Charla Bunton-Johnson, VP of Global Channels and Alliances to its esteemed 2022 Women of the Channel list. In addition, Lightbits received its first 2022 CRN Partner Program Guide listing and is recognized again for providing innovative products and services to the IT channel in the CRN Storage 100 list in the Software-Defined Storage (SDS) category.

CRN Women of the Channel recognizes channel leaders acclaimed for their dedication to the IT channel and their contributions to channel advocacy, growth, and thought leadership. Moreover, the list recognizes female executives for their accomplishments over the past year and the far-reaching impact they are having on the technology industry. This year’s honoree, Charla Bunton-Johnson, has over 25 years of experience in channels working with OEMs, alliances, CSPs, and reseller partners across enterprise storage, AI/ML, graphics/GPUs, security, networking, and software. A key focus for Bunton-Johnson at Lightbits is the collaboration with Intel Corporation. When combined with Intel® high-performance hardware Lightbits SDS delivers the ultimate in efficiency, simplicity, and agility, delivering up to 80% lower TCO, up to 75M IOPs, as low as 160µs latency, and 20X more flash endurance for IT organizations supporting private, edge, and public clouds.

Additional CRN accolades include the first-time listing for GoPurple in the 2022 Partner Program Guide. This annual guide provides a detailed overview of the most notable partner programs from technology vendors who deliver innovative products and services through the IT channel. Secondly, Lightbits Labs has been named to the annual CRN Storage 100 list in the SDS category. This list represents industry leaders of storage technology that can be used for traditional on-premises or cloud deployments and spans across SDS, data protection, data management, and storage component categories. According to CRN, the vendors recognized on the 2022 Storage 100 list were selected because of their demonstrated commitment to developing cutting-edge technology and building strategic partnerships.

“CRN’s recent recognition in these three prestigious programs is an enormous achievement for Lightbits as our GoPurple program builds in size and momentum every year. The accolades are reflective of the unique product innovations Lightbits has brought to market to help reshape the SDS market by leveraging NVMe®/TCP so that enterprises and cloud service providers can simply and affordably extend NVMe across the entire data center,” said Kam Eshghi, Chief Strategy Officer at Lightbits. “Having a comprehensive partner network to deliver complete cloud solutions to the marketplace is crucial and one which Charla Bunton-Johnson will drive and architect.”

Lightbits provides a unified, consistent, high-performance data platform for any cloud that delivers efficiency, simplicity, and agility for container-based applications in a Kubernetes environment, as well as virtualized applications in a VMware environment. The innovative Lightbits Cloud Data Platform is designed to leverage the performance and latency benefits of NVMe/TCP and Intelligent Flash Management™ (IFM), solving the complexity and high-cost problems of high-performance storage for any cloud.

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Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits), is a cloud data platform company that delivers ease of use and efficiency while unlocking agility for modern businesses. Creators of the NVMe® over TCP (NVMe/TCP) protocol, Lightbits is leading the digital data center transformation by making software-defined storage that is easy to deploy at scale and delivers performance equivalent to local flash to accelerate cloud-native applications in bare metal, virtual, or containerized environments. Backed by leading enterprise investors including Cisco Investments, Dell Technologies Capital, Intel Capital, and Micron, Lightbits is on a mission to make high-performance elastic block storage simple, scalable, and cost-efficient for any cloud.


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