Luminex and SEPATON Partner to bring disk-based backup and recovery to mainframe environments

SEPATON S2100-ES2 VTL Certified for Luminex Channel Gateway 3400

ORLANDO, FL, - October 31, 2006 — Luminex Software, Inc, a leading developer of mainframe channel gateway, connectivity and data storage products, and SEPATON, Inc., the leader in high-performance data protection solutions, today announced at Storage Networking World Fall a partnership to enable mainframe environments to seamlessly implement disk-based backup and recovery without changing their backup policies.  The combined, certified solution features the SEPATON® S2100®-ES2 virtual tape library (VTL) and Luminex’s Channel Gateway™ 3400 for direct-to-VTL connectivity for ESCON and FICON mainframe users.

By combining SEPATON’s VTL with Luminex’s direct-to-tape mainframe connectivity solutions, mainframe customers are now able to fully share in the benefits of SEPATON’s advanced virtual tape system.  Industry-leading backup and restore times, scalability to keep pace with data growth, simplified data management, and unparalleled extensibility across the enterprise can be implemented by customers in a mainframe environment using their existing mainframe tape management software, without requiring changes to backup processes. 

“Luminex provides mainframe customers the ability to leverage the cost and technology advancements of open systems storage for data protection,” said Michael Saunders, president, Luminex.  “By partnering with SEPATON, we are delivering a certified, data protection solution built on disk-based technology that is unmatched in speed and capacity for the entire enterprise regardless of operating environment.” 

“Our partnership with Luminex expands our market reach into the mainframe world,” said Linda Mentzer, vice president of marketing, SEPATON, Inc.  “With Luminex’s Channel Gateways, all enterprises can now access the advantages offered by our VTL, including flexibility, reliability, high performance and reduced total cost of ownership for the most demanding requirements in data access, recovery, and protection.”

About Luminex Channel Gateway

Luminex has been providing Channel Gateways to Fortune 500 companies for over ten years.  With Luminex’s Channel Gateways, mainframe customers can now access the technology advancements offered by the open systems storage world of flexibility, reliability, high performance and reduced total cost of ownership for data protection.  And with the Channel Gateways, mainframe enterprises can also take advantage of the best enterprise-level encryption solutions available to protect their data at the fabric level, with no impact to CPU cycles (MIPS-less) and no change required to mainframe tape management software. 

About SEPATON S2100-ES2 Virtual Tape Library

The SEPATON S2100-ES2 virtual tape library is an intelligent, disk-based backup/restore appliance that appears to backup applications as a standard physical tape library. This intelligent, high availability data protection solution significantly reduces storage, management and recovery costs. Its extensible design lets users add advanced features simply by loading a ContentAware™ application such as DeltaStor™ for data de-duplication or Site2™ for data replication.  SEPATON’s S2100-ES2 eliminates costly media management tasks, dramatically improves data availability, and eliminates risk of tape theft, loss, or corruption due to human error. 

About Luminex Software, Inc.

Luminex develops and markets mainframe channel gateway, connectivity and data storage products.  Luminex products and technology are used worldwide by the leading companies in financial, technology, healthcare and other major industries.  Luminex’s Channel Gateways stream data from mainframe FICON and ESCON channels, at channel speed, to Fibre Channel fabrics and provide the ability to securely encrypt mainframe tape data for backup, archive, and distribution.  The Data|WARE™ Production CD/DVD product family enables customers to archive and distribute data on CD and DVD media for mainframe and network applications.  The Virtual|BLUE™ product family provides native connectivity from mainframes to open-systems servers and storage networks.

Founded in 1994, Luminex Software, Inc. is headquartered in Riverside, California with development offices in San Diego, California, and Beaverton, Oregon. Luminex products are available directly from the company and through partnerships with leading systems integrators and resellers worldwide. Call 1.888.LUMINEX or email us at info@luminex.com for more information, or visit our web site at www.luminex.com.

About SEPATON, Inc.

SEPATON is enabling companies of any size to comply with demanding data storage and retrieval requirements by changing the rules of data protection. We provide innovative, disk-based solutions that are intelligent, reliable and reduce storage, management and recovery costs. Because the proven SEPATON ContentAware™ architecture keeps track of all files and content, it enables faster and more efficient performance of a range of advanced data protection, data retention and data recovery functions. SEPATON’s virtual tape library systems dramatically out-perform tape and other disk-based solutions. For additional information call 508-490-7900 or visit www.sepaton.com.

SEPATON, SRE and S2100 are registered trademarks of SEPATON Corporation.  ContentAware, Site2 and DeltaStor are trademarks of SEPATON Corporation.  Luminex, Channel Gateway, DataWARE and Virtual|BLUE are trademarks of Luminex Software, Inc.  All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of their respective owners.

SEPATON, Inc.
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Luminex Software, Inc.
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Media Contact: Eric Christensen

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