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Intel and Lightbits Labs launched a strategic cooperation.

October 15, 2020


Shanghai, China, October 2020-Intel and LightbitsLabs recently announced an agreement to promote the development of disaggregated storage solutions to solve the many challenges of today’s data center operators and help them in flash storage The total cost of ownership (TCO) will be improved when disk capacity and performance increase stagnates. This strategic partnership includes technical joint engineering, product launch collaboration and Intel Capital's investment in LightbitsLabs. Lightbits' LightOS™ products can provide high-performance shared storage across servers, while providing high availability and read-write management functions to achieve the design goal of maximizing the value of flash storage. While LightOS is fully optimized for Intel® hardware, it also provides customers with greatly improved storage efficiency, improved utilization, and maintains compatibility with existing infrastructure without affecting performance and convenience.

LightbitsLabs will enhance its LightOS composable decoupled software-defined storage solution for Intel® technology to create an optimized software and hardware solution. The system will utilize Intel® Optane™ persistent memory, Intel® QLC3DNAND technology-based solid-state drives, Intel® Xeon series scalable processors with unique built-in artificial intelligence (AI) acceleration, and an application device queue (ADQ) Technology Intel® Ethernet800 series Ethernet network adapter. Intel’s leading FPGAs designed for next-generation performance, flexibility and programmability will also complement this solution.

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LightbitsLabs demonstrated LightOSNVMeoverFabricTCP (NVMe-oF/TCP) storage technology. When the Intel Ethernet800 series network adapter with ADQ technology is used for acceleration, the storage solution can achieve remote direct memory access (RDMA) level performance (source: LightbitsLabs)

In addition to the technical cooperation between the two companies, Lightbits and Intel are working together to provide customers with complete solutions and build related ecosystems to promote the widespread adoption of these innovations. As the first example of the potential performance advantages that this collaboration will produce, LightbitsLabs demonstrated the LightOSNVMeoverFabricTCP (NVMe-oF/TCP) storage technology. When the Intel® Ethernet800 series network adapter with ADQ technology is used for acceleration, the storage Can achieve remote direct memory access (RDMA) level performance. ADQ enables NVMe-oF/TCP to achieve the same distributed storage performance as based on the RDMA protocol; at the same time, because NVMe-oF/TCP is easy to deploy and has scalability, it can be widely adopted. The IOPS measurement results show that the predictability of response time is increased by 30%, the average delay is reduced by 50%, and the throughput is increased by 70% when using ADQ compared with the case of not using ADQ. This integrated solution of Lightbits and Intel can provide persistent storage for native applications on the cloud, improving cost performance, implementation convenience, availability and scalability.

Eran Kirzner, CEO and co-founder of LightbitsLabs, said: "Intel is an industry leader with deep expertise in data center technology, cutting-edge products, a global sales system, and an impressive ecosystem. We are very happy to work with Intel, and our joint solution will set a new ROI indicator standard for enterprises and cloud customers."

RemiEL-Ouazzane, Intel’s vice president and chief strategy and business development officer of the Data Platform Group, said: “Data centers are undergoing transformation. In response to the explosive growth of data, the decoupling and composability of resources is essential to meet the required efficiency requirements. The combination of our distinctive hardware functions and Lightbits’ innovative NVMeoverFabrics software can provide our mutual customers with excellent and cost-effective solutions to cope with this strategic turning point."

Intel Capital's investment in Lightbits will help accelerate the company's development and wide-spread product market operations.