Lightbits Labs, a company reinventing the way storage and networking are conducted in data centers, has advanced its software solution, LightOS, to deliver NVMe/TCP clustered storage.

Both public cloud providers and private cloud builders would be looking for ways to separate storage and compute so each can scale separately. One of the limiting factors to scaling disaggregated storage, however, is the need for high availability across clusters of storage and compute. Lightbits LightOS would deliver the availability, flexibility and efficiency of hyperscale cloud infrastructure to on-premise data centers.

Lightbits Labs’ LightOS product is an NVMe/TCP storage solution that protects against data loss and avoids service interruptions at scale. In the presence of server, storage, or network failures, LightOS would maximize operational efficiency. It would ensure applications to continue working in the presence of failures, while failover is handled automatically, keeping data fully consistent and available.

“At cloud scale, everything fails,” said Kam Eshghi, Chief Strategy Officer at Lightbits Labs. “We built LightOS to capture all the benefits of disaggregated storage while providing exceptional durability and availability to prevent service disruption.”

Cassandra, MySQL, MongoDB

Kam Eshghi
“We built LightOS to capture all the benefits of disaggregated storage while providing exceptional durability and availability to prevent service disruption,” said Kam Eshghi, Chief Strategy Officer at Lightbits Labs.

Installed on commodity servers in large-scale data centers, LightOS is optimized for I/O intensive compute clusters, such as Cassandra, MySQL, MongoDB, and time series databases. With end-to-end NVMe, LightOS would deliver “high performance and consistently low latency.”

LightOS is built to run in an existing data center, requiring no changes to application servers or network infrastructure. Lightbits claims its storage solution to provide for “a 10X increase in storage reliability and 50% decrease in total cost of ownership (TCO).” As a standard-based, target-only solution that does not require installing any proprietary software on the client side, the ease of deployment at scale is unmatched.

Lightbits Labs’ LightOS product would provide the following additional benefits:

  • Software-defined disaggregated storage for cloud data centers delivering similar performance as direct-attached NVMe SSDs and up to a 50% reduction in tail latency.
  • Independent scaling of storage and compute, driving better infrastructure utilization and efficiency and providing unparalleled flexibility.
  • Standards-based NVMe/TCP block storage access protocol for application servers to storage servers communication.
  • LightOS clusters leverage standard NVMe 1.4 multipathing and offers data replications on storage target side, which provides transparency to the client with quick failover.
  • Distributed and durable cluster management with fast failover handling.
  • No single point of failure in data and control paths.
  • Multiple LightOS clusters can exist in the same cloud data center and can be “easily” aggregated and managed as one large cloud-scale block storage solution.

Strategic investors affiliated with Lightbits Labs include Dell Technology Capital and Micron. The company also received investments from Chairman and co-founder Avigdor Willenz (Founder of Annapurna and Galileo), Lip-Bu Tan (CEO of Cadence and chairman of Walden International) and Marius Nacht (Co-Founder and Chairman of Check Point Software).

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