Luminex and ViON Corporation Announce Agreement to Bring Open Systems Disk Storage to Mainframe Government Users

Riverside, CA, April 2, 2004 - Luminex Software, Inc., a leading developer of mainframe storage products, and ViON Corporation, experts in providing enterprise storage solutions, today announced that the companies have entered into an agreement which will enable ViON to provide to its mainframe government customers Luminex's Virtual|BLUE™ (V|B) 3990 mainframe DASD control unit. Luminex's V|B 3990 control unit will enable ViON's government customers to utilize lower cost open systems storage options with their mainframe systems, eliminating the proprietary barriers separating the mainframe and open systems storage worlds. ViON will list the Virtual|BLUE 3990 on its GSA Schedule.

"Luminex's V|B 3990 solution addresses the growing need for cost-effective tiered storage, reducing the overall cost of storage," said Michael Jones, Vice President of Business Development, ViON. "Now government mainframe data centers can utilize the V|B 3990 control unit to vastly increase DASD capacity, improve IT operations, simplify the management of storage and provide additional alternatives to our customers," added Mr. Jones.

V|B 3990 eliminates the proprietary boundaries and vendor lock-in that separate the mainframe and open systems storage worlds, allowing mainframe enterprises to take advantage of the ever-increasing features and ROI benefits being delivered by the disk storage industry. V|B 3990 fully supports VM, VSE, MVS, OS/390, z/OS and z/VM, and is certified as IBM TotalStorage Proven™.

"The alliance with ViON presents new, economical storage options for government mainframe data centers," said Michael Saunders, President of Luminex. "With V|B 3990, Mainframe-based government customers now have vastly expanded storage options to meet their ever-increasing mainframe storage requirements. ViON has a legacy of success for delivering hardware solutions and professional quality services to government clients."

About ViON Corporation

ViON Corporation is a supplier of mission-critical systems integration solutions to federal, state and local government, with a successful track record that goes back more than 24 years.

ViON is a privately owned corporation established in 1980. We are a solutions provider for:

  • Storage Area Network Design and Implementation;
  • Business Continuance;
  • Storage Management;
  • Disaster Recovery;
  • Fault Tolerance; and
  • Enterprise Systems.

ViON has developed alliances with market leaders such as Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Brocade, CNT, ConTech, Fujitsu, JNI, McDATA, Network Appliance and Luminex to achieve business-to-government storage solutions in NT, Open Systems and S/390 environments. ViON maintains and services its equipment directly so that it can offer its government customers the responsiveness, control and security that their enterprises need in order to compete effectively.

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. Luminex's 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. Data|WARE and Virtual|BLUE products are available directly from Luminex and through selected partners worldwide. For more information about Luminex, please email, or call +1.951.781.4100 or visit

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

Media Contacts
Eric Christensen
Luminex Software, Inc.
951-781-4100 x-161

Roseanne Cinnamond
ViON Corporation
202-467-5500 x222