Beijing, China, October 2021-Lightbits Labs® (Lightbits®), a leader in NVMe™-based scalable software-defined elastic block storage solutions, announced that the company has successfully completed LightOS®’s rigorous certification for VMware vSphere® 7 Update 3. And will be included in the VMware compatibility guide. LightOS software-defined storage is supported by Intel hardware such as the third-generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors with built-in artificial intelligence (AI) accelerators, Intel Optane persistent memory (PMem), and 100Gb Intel Ethernet 800 series network adapters. And on these Intel hardware for private cloud and edge cloud are fully optimized, can provide the ultimate performance, flexibility and scalability for VMware vSphere®, while reducing costs.
Lightbits is a pioneer of NVMe™/TCP technology and has developed a decoupled storage solution that is easy to deploy on a large scale while providing performance similar to local flash memory. As a VMware technology alliance partner and design partner, Lightbits has been working with VMware to develop and test new vSphere NVMe/TCP functions. Supporting native NVMe/TCP in VMware vSphere is an important step in the process of building an end-to-end NVM Express™ (NVMe) solution ecosystem.
LightOS enhances the VMware environment with the following advantages:
Simplicity: It can be easily used on a TCP/IP network with standard protocols and drivers. Can be seamlessly integrated into existing infrastructure and VMware environment.
Flexibility: The decoupled architecture, which is completely implemented in software, supports independent expansion of storage and computing capabilities. It can run on commercial hardware selected by customers and is suitable for a wide range of application scenarios.
High performance: Supported by Intel Xeon Scalable processors with Intel DL Boost technology, Intel Optane PMem, and Intel Ethernet 800 series network adapters with Application Device Queue (ADQ) technology , LightOS can provide high IOPS and low latency, while the performance is equivalent to local flash memory, and does not require proprietary hardware, and there is no strict capacity and performance restrictions.
· Lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): By combining Intel’s high-performance hardware platform with LightOS optimized for low-cost QLC solid-state drives (SSD), the data reduction function achieved can significantly improve efficiency while solving The coupled architecture can maximize resource utilization. In addition, no hypervisor is required on the storage node.
High availability: Rich data services such as SSD-level Elastic RAID, configuration copies by volume, multi-tenancy, snapshots, cloning, and remote monitoring can realize highly elastic and highly available storage across the entire virtualization platform.
“Leading companies in the digital field are looking for high-performance infrastructure that can be deployed on a global scale from Equinix,” said Zac Smith, general manager of Equinix Metal. “For many years, NVMe/TCP has been committed to providing higher performance, greater deployment flexibility, and better cost-effectiveness through the “super-large-scale” decoupling of storage and computing. Therefore, we are very happy to see Lightbits, VMware Working with Intel to bring this capability to our customers.”
LightOS is a scalable and efficient NVMe/TCP storage solution with intelligent flash management functions that can increase the durability of flash memory by up to 20 times. It can be easily deployed on a large scale and provides performance comparable to that of local flash memory. A single LightOS cluster can provide more than 40M IOPS performance (random read) and 10PB user capacity, and the delay is less than 200μs. Institutions that previously used iSCSI can switch to NVMe/TCP on the same network infrastructure and achieve higher performance. In addition to high performance, LightOS also provides a wealth of data services, such as multi-tenancy, thin provisioning, snapshots, cloning, remote monitoring, dynamic rebalancing, etc., so as to achieve highly elastic storage across the entire virtualization platform.
“With the explosive growth of data, companies are committed to large-scale digital transformation. In order to extract the value of data, applications need to quickly store, access and analyze data. In the past few years, private clouds and cloud service providers have been The Lightbits-based solution runs cloud-native applications and benefits from our integration of Kubernetes. Now we are very happy to be able to provide VMware users with a high-performance, highly available storage solution with our support for NVMe/TCP. “Lightbits Chief Strategy Officer Kam Eshghi said. “Institutions with private and hybrid clouds, as well as cloud service providers and financial service providers, can now use the combined solutions of VMware, Lightbits and Intel to gain advantages in performance, scalability, and cost-effectiveness.”
Lightbits, VMware, and Intel jointly organized an online breakout session at VMworld 2021. The theme is “Ubiquitous Cloud Transformation: NVMe/TCP Operating Modes in the Data Center and Cloud” (Cloud Everywhere Transformation: NVMe/TCP Operating Mode). Models on Data Center and Cloud). For information about the conference, please click here.
Paul Turner, VP of Product Management, VMware vSphere
“Enterprise-level IT organizations that support ESXi workloads want the latest technology to stay ahead of the competitive market. VMware is working with Lightbits and Intel to improve itself through a strong NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF) technology roadmap NVMe-oF technology provides unprecedented remote access to NVMe storage for data centers. Increased support for NVMe/TCP ensures that VMware hosts can better support modern applications that require high IOPS and low latency And each storage server has a large-capacity and high-density block storage solution.”
Remi El-Ouazzane, Chief Strategy Officer of Intel’s Data Center and Artificial Intelligence Division
“To overcome customer challenges, we need to prepare the hardware and software infrastructure of the data center. Cooperation with innovative companies such as VMware and Lightbits has strengthened our capabilities so that we can provide complete solutions to meet these challenges. Intel can Provide a complete high-performance technology platform for the data center, such as Intel Xeon Scalable processors, Intel Optane PMem and Intel Ethernet 800 series network adapters, which are essential to realize the promise of NVMe/TCP. LightOS and Intel The integration of technology, especially for the VMware environment, can provide customers of private cloud infrastructure and cloud service providers with cost-effective and optimized storage solutions with lower TCO, while maintaining high performance and extremely low latency.”
Christos Karamanolis, Member of the Advisory Board of Lightbits Labs
“The platform will provide core advantages for any institution that needs to increase the scale and utilization of its infrastructure, whether it is financial services or other industries. LightOS can enable data centers to take full advantage of NVMe/TCP. When combined with VMware ESXi and Intel hardware When in use, organizations can use their existing data center networks to quickly and easily build high-performance, scalable storage. For vSphere users who want flexibility, high availability, and high performance in an easy-to-use solution , The solution is very attractive.”
Eric Burgener, IDC Research Vice President
“At present, most enterprises are smoothly carrying out digital transformation and shifting to more data-driven business models. In order to achieve agility and better meet the performance, scalability, availability and efficiency requirements, enterprises are making their storage The infrastructure is modernized and shifted to more server-based software-defined architectures that support NVMe and cloud technologies. We envision NVMe/TCP as an enabling technology for cost-effective and high-performance decoupled storage architectures. This architecture is compatible with Very large-scale enterprises are using similar architectures. This release provides a ready-made solution that can provide the same performance, availability, and scalability for enterprise-level IT organizations that support virtualized environments at the same level as those of hyper-scale enterprises Sex and efficiency advantages.”