Luminex Announces Industry-First Mainframe Participation in Storage Networking World’s Interoperability and Solutions Demo

Joins SNIA Members at Storage Networking World, April 5-8 in Phoenix, Arizona

Riverside, CA, April 1, 2004 - Luminex Software, Inc. announced today that it will be the first company to bring a mainframe computer into the Interoperability and Solutions Demo at the Storage Networking World ® (SNW) Conference and Expo, April 5-8 in Phoenix, AZ. Luminex will demonstrate an IBM ® Mainframe configured to access all of its disk (DASD) and tape storage from the SAN fabric using Luminex’s Virtual|BLUE ™ 3990 DASD control unit and Virtual|BLUE VTS 3490 tape control unit. The Interoperability and Solutions Demo, an alliance between the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Computerworld, promotes access to the latest information on storage solutions for users, implementers and vendors.

“Luminex is the first company to enable the mainframe to fully participate in the open systems storage world,” said Tom Mancuso, Project Manager, Interoperability Demonstrations at SNIA. “Their participation in the Interoperability and Solutions Demo expands the scope of our demonstrations to include mainframes as part of the SAN environments and fits nicely within our ‘Designing and Building Your Storage Network’ theme area. With the majority of computerized data still residing on mainframes, the presence of a mainframe in the Interoperability and Solutions Demo will be a highlight of the Spring 2004 SNW Conference and Expo!”

Luminex’s Virtual|BLUE 3990 is a mainframe-attached DASD control unit that enables open systems disk storage solutions to operate as mainframe DASD. Virtual|BLUE VTS is a mainframe-attached 3490 tape control unit that enables open systems disk storage solutions to operate as mainframe 3490 tape libraries and drives. Together, the products eliminate the proprietary boundaries and vendor lock-in that separate the mainframe from the open systems storage world. Mainframe enterprises can now take advantage of the ever-increasing features and ROI benefits being delivered by the disk storage industry.

“Our involvement with SNIA and the Interoperability and Solutions Demo punctuates our commitment to unifying the mainframe and open systems storage worlds,” said Art Tolsma , Luminex’s CEO. “SNW attendees can see first-hand the results of our development efforts – Mainframe DASD and Virtual Tape data directly stored and managed in a multi-vendor SAN environment.”

During the SNW conference, Luminex will also exhibit in the Expo area together with Mainline Information Systems, IBM’s largest mainframe and storage channel partner. The Luminex/Mainline Expo exhibit will focus on the Virtual|BLUE family of products and the two companies’ shared vision of unifying the mainframe and open systems storage worlds.

About The SNIA

The SNIA is a not-for-profit organization, made up of more than 150 companies and individuals spanning the entire storage and networking industry from manufacturers and developers to end users. Members of the SNIA share a common goal to "set the pace of the industry" by ensuring that storage networks become efficient, complete, and trusted solutions across the IT community. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel storage networking solutions into the broader market. The SNIA currently has multiple technical efforts under way. For membership inquiries, or to participate in working groups, please visit the SNIA Web site 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 its customers. Luminex’s Virtual|BLUE™ line of mainframe channel-attached products links IBM and plug-compatible mainframes with the open systems world of servers, disk storage, tape libraries and peripheral solutions, resulting in improved operations and economics for data centers. The Data|WARE™ product family simplifies CD and DVD creation for small to large businesses in finance, healthcare, prepress, government and education.

Founded in 1994, Luminex is privately held and headquartered in Riverside , California , with additional offices in San Diego , California , and Beaverton , Oregon . Virtual|BLUE and Data|WARE products are available directly from Luminex and through selected partners worldwide. For more information about Luminex, please email, call +1.951.781.4100 or visit

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