Luminex and Mainline Information Systems Announce TotalStorage Proven™ Certification of the Virtual|BLUE™ 3990 Controller for Use with z800 Servers and FAStTT RAID Systems

Riverside , CA , January 20, 2004. Luminex Software, Inc., a leading developer of data distribution, archiving and storage products, and Mainline Information Systems, Inc., an IBM™ Premier Business Partner™ and solutions provider, today announced that Luminex's Virtual|BLUE 3990 controller has successfully completed interoperability testing with the IBM z800 server and FAStT RAID Disk Storage in Mainline's labs and been granted TotalStorage Proven certification by IBM.

The IBM TotalStorage Proven program is designed to test the interoperability of vendor products with IBM storage offerings and provide certification that approved vendor products will operate in accordance with the interoperability guidelines of the IBM TotalStorage Proven program.

Under its agreement with Luminex, Mainline will offer Luminex's Virtual|BLUE 3990 controller technology with IBM FAStT RAID Systems and z800 servers to its customers throughout North America . Virtual|BLUE 3990 is the first disk vendor-independent controller that allows customers to natively use open systems disk storage solutions with mainframes. Specifically, the Virtual|BLUE 3990 controller makes FAStT storage fully accessible to applications running under VM, VSE, MVS, OS/390, z/OS and z/VM.

"Mainline is pleased that Luminex's Virtual|BLUE 3990 interoperability testing within Mainline's labs resulted in TotalStorage Proven certification," said Roger Luca, Mainline's Senior Vice President. "The TotalStorage Proven certification will enable our customers to purchase and deploy integrated z800, FAStT and Virtual|BLUE 3990 systems with confidence."

"IBM's TotalStorage Proven certification of Luminex's Virtual|BLUE 3990 controller delivers confirmation of our product's interoperability, providing Mainline's customers with the confidence to deploy Virtual|BLUE 3990 with the z800 server and FAStT Storage," said Michael Saunders, President of Luminex. "Luminex is pleased to be able to work together with Mainline to provide customers with the most cost-effective mainframe storage connectivity solutions."

For more information on Luminex's IBM TotalStorage Proven certification, visit IBM's Global Solutions Directory:

About IBM TotalStorage Proven Program

The IBM TotalStorage Proven Program builds on IBM's already extensive interoperability efforts to develop and deliver products and solutions that work together with third party products. The program identifies storage solutions and configurations for customers that have been pre-tested for interoperability, helping to provide faster and more reliable installations for customers. The TotalStorage Proven Program supports the ability of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) to build high-quality solutions with the latest technology on leading storage platforms, as well as reduce solution design time when multiple, tested building blocks have already been pre-tested.

About Mainline Information Systems, Inc.

Mainline Information Systems was founded in 1989 as a computer consulting firm. Since then, it has become a global provider of information technology and e-business solutions. Mainline Information Systems is an IBM Premier Business Partner. In addition to its United States offices, Mainline Global Systems has offices in China and Korea . Corporate offices are located at 1700 Summit Lake Drive , Tallahassee, Florida 32311 . The company may be reached by phone at 850.219.5000 and on the Internet at

About Luminex Software, Inc.

Luminex develops distinctive data storage products that tackle the complex challenges of storing, archiving, distributing and protecting data. Complemented by quality customer service, Luminex's innovative products create real value for our customers. The Data|WARE™ product family simplifies CD and DVD creation for small to large businesses in finance, healthcare, prepress, government and education. The Virtual|BLUE line of parallel channel and ESCONT emulators links IBM and plug-compatible mainframes with UNIX® and Microsoft® systems, resulting in improved operations and economics for large data centers.

Founded in 1994, Luminex is privately held and headquartered in Riverside , California , with additional offices in San Diego, California and Beaverton , Oregon . Data|WARE and Virtual|BLUE products are available directly from Luminex and through selected partners worldwide. For more information about Luminex and its products, please email or call at 951.781.4100.

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Luminex Software, Inc.
6840 Indiana Avenue, Suite 130
Riverside, CA 92506

Luminex Contact: Kate Donlon
Manager, Marketing & Corporate Communications
Tel: 503.526.7800
Fax: : 503.526.7841

Mainline Contact: Angela Zuniga
Marketing Manager
Tel: 512.259.5775