LightOS for VMware Performance, Simplicity, Scalability

High Performance Disaggregated Storage for VMware

Performance, Simplicity, Scalability
Why Lightbits for VMware?

Virtualization platforms have changed the way applications consume and manage resources over the last couple of decades. These platforms enable better isolation, security, portability, and management of applications in a way that was not possible before.

VMware announced native support for NVMe® over TCP (NVMe®/TCP) in VMware ESXi 7 Update 3. Supporting native NVMe®/TCP in VMware vSphere is a major advancement in delivering an end-to-end NVM Express™ (NVMe®) ecosystem.

Lightbits for VMware

Lightbits is fully certified for VMware ESXi 7.0U3 with in-box NVMe®/TCP support. Lightbits allows VMware users to leverage standard Ethernet TCP/IP networks to deploy high-performance, highly available storage that performs like local flash. Furthermore, Lightbits storage solution provides seamless integration with vCenter allowing virtualized applications to easily consume and manage high-performance feature-rich NVMe® storage.

Persistence Without Compromise



Seamlessly integrates into existing infrastructure and VMware environments



Runs on commodity hardware of customer’s choice for a broad range of use cases


High Performance

Delivers high IOPS and low latency with performance that is equivalent to local flash without proprietary hardware


Lower TCO

Dramatically improves efficiency and disaggregated architecture maximizes resource utilization


Highly Available

Highly resilient, high availability storage that extends across the entire virtualized platform

Lightbits VMware Plugin Overview

Lightbits NVMe/TCP-based data platform delivers highly available, high-performance storage for VMware.

This video illustrates how to use the Lightbits plugin for VMware, including:

  • how to add a cluster to vCenter
  • how to create a datastore using the wizard
  • how to create snapshots and clones
  • how to create and attach volumes manually
  • how to migrate VMs data into Lightbits’ datastore

Simplify high performance, scalable, and highly available storage while lowering the cost


With the 7.0U3 release of ESXi by VMware, users can now adopt NVMe-oF™ with standard TCP/IP in a simple and frictionless way and at the same time enjoy the increased performance, lower latency and improved efficiency. Lightbits is the leading solution in the NVMe®/TCP space, offering scaleout SDS solutions focused on high-performance, data availability and protection, enterprise features, and now compatible with ESXi and integrated into your VMware environment. Lightbits supercharges your virtual machined powered applications while increasing reliability and flexibility by providing:

  • Near local flash performance with greater utilization of your storage investment
  • Improved service levels and a better user experience with consistent latency
  • Faster rebuild time with higher resiliency levels
  • Standard, simple, secure storage access to any of your ESXi hosts
  • No changes to your TCP/IP network with no proprietary ESXi drivers

Finally, you can separate storage from compute without all the drama, and at lower cost.

Additional Resources


Solution Brief

Supercharging your VMware environment with Lightbits NVME®/TCP storage

VMUG Roundtable

NVMe based block storage over TCP – VMUG Roundtable

VMUG Roundtable

Innovating with Lightbits and VMware Tanzu in cloud environments – VMUG Roundtable Replay


Supercharging your VMware environment with Lightbits and the NVME®-TCP standard


Intel, Lightbits Labs, and VMware Accelerate Private Clouds

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