Lightbits Labs Honored as Red Herring Top 100 Europe Winner

SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#NVMeLightbits Labs, the leader in NVMe™ over TCP (NVMe/TCP) software-defined disaggregated storage, was named a Red Herring Top 100 Europe company. Lightbits’ strong hyperscale-storage-for-all message resonated with Red Herring’s editors and helped earn the company this important honor. This is the latest award for Lightbits, which earlier this year was named to the CRN Storage100 list and received recognition as a Top 40 Software-Defined Storage vendor.

“Lightbits’ vision is to deliver the flexibility, elasticity, and cost advantages enjoyed by hyperscalers to every organization,” said Avigdor Willenz, Co-founder and Chairman of Lightbits Labs. “This is another acknowledgment that Lightbits and NVMe/TCP is the direction the market is heading as corporations look at more cost effective, scalable solutions to enable their digital transformations.”

Lightbits Labs LightOS™ is a software-defined storage solution bringing hyperscale efficiency and flexibility to companies of all sizes, by delivering composable, high-performance, scale-out and redundant NVMe/TCP storage that performs like local flash. With LightOS, any commodity storage server with NVMe SSDs can be turned into an unparalleled, scalable storage solution. At the heart of LightOS is its global flash translation layer (GFTL). Unlike all other storage disaggregation solutions, the LightOS GFTL delivers storage features more commonly associated with high-end SANs: logical volumes, thin provisioning, compression, and data redundancy. It also extends the life of SSDs, enabling the use of low-cost QLC flash for high performance workloads. All of this is on standard servers and Ethernet networking at a fraction of the cost of traditional, proprietary arrays.

Virtually all data centers utilize TCP/IP today and people can take advantage of it now with NVMe/TCP. Extending NVMe across the data center over vanilla TCP/IP delivers the parallelism and low latency of NVMe without requiring any changes to existing network infrastructure or to application servers.

“In 2020, selecting the top achievers was by no means a small feat,” said Alex Vieux, publisher and CEO of Red Herring. “In fact, we had the toughest time in years because so many entrepreneurs had crossed significant milestones so early in the European tech ecosystem. But after much thought, rigorous contemplation and discussion, we narrowed our list down from hundreds of candidates from across Europe to the Top 100 Winners. We believe Lightbits embodies the vision, drive and innovation that define a successful entrepreneurial venture. Lightbits should be proud of its accomplishment, as the competition was very strong.”

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About Lightbits Labs™

Lightbits Labs, founded in 2016, is a software-defined storage company that brings hyperscale efficiency and flexibility to everyone. Lightbits’ solution delivers composable, disaggregated storage that performs like local flash. The company pioneered NVMe/TCP so the solution is easy to deploy at scale, while delivering performance that from applications’ perspective is indistinguishable from local SSDs. Lightbits Labs is backed by strategic investors including Dell Technologies Capital, Cisco Investments and Micron, as well as top investors and VCs including Avigdor Willenz, Lip-Bu Tan, Marius Nacht, SquarePeg Capital, and Walden International. Learn more at or contact us at

About Red Herring Top 100 Europe

Red Herring’s editorial staff evaluated the companies on both quantitative and qualitative criteria, such as financial performance, technological innovation, management quality, overall business strategy and market penetration. This assessment was complemented by a review of the track records and standings of similar startups in the same verticals, allowing Red Herring to see past the “hype” and make the list a valuable instrument of discovery and advocacy for the most promising new business models in Europe. It selects the award winners from approximately 1,200 privately financed companies each year in the European Region.


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