Nexsan And Luminex Partner To Deliver Mainframe Disk Storage Solutions

Luminex named latest member of Nexsan’s Strategic Solutions (S2) Program

Woodland Hills, Calif. , June 15, 2004 – Nexsan Technologies and Luminex Software, Inc. today announced they are joining forces to market a storage platform that allows mainframe computers to effectively become a server on a Fibre Channel SAN through the combination of Luminex’s Virtual|BLUE 3990 DASD Control Unit or Virtual|BLUE VTS Tape Control Unit and Nexsan’s disk storage arrays. Virtual|BLUE 3990 and VTS allow IBM and plug-compatible mainframes to connect directly to Nexsan’s open system RAID arrays via native ESCON I/O channels. With the announcement, Luminex becomes a member of Nexsan’s Strategic Solutions (S 2) Program.

With Virtual|BLUE 3990 or Virtual|BLUE VTS and Nexsan’s RAID arrays, customers of S 2 partners and resellers are able to fully realize the benefits of advanced mainframe disk storage by removing the proprietary boundaries that have historically limited access to the performance, reliability and cost-correct pricing of Nexsan’s disk technology. Disk allocation, backup and storage virtualization can be implemented over a Storage Area Network and managed coherently – using the same storage management system for open system and mainframe storage.

“We are pleased to welcome Luminex into our S 2 Program and to be partnering with them to expand storage offerings into the mainframe market,” said Brendan Kinkade, Vice President of Marketing at Nexsan. “By leveraging our individual strengths into a joint association, we are better able to create real value for those high-end users who need enterprise-level solutions at lower-end prices.”

“Luminex’s products provide mainframe customers the ability to leverage the cost and performance advancements of open systems storage,” said Art Tolsma, CEO of Luminex. “By joining the S² Program and partnering with Nexsan, we are creating simple, certified, tiered storage capabilities for the entire enterprise.”

Like other software and hardware manufacturers that have completed the S 2 process, Luminex benefits from special pricing on the Nexsan products to be integrated into their solution, referrals to channel partners, co-marketing opportunities, and cooperatively produced white papers and collaterals. Total solutions will carry a “Nexsan certified” designation and be included in Nexsan’s award-winning family of products.

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, Calif., with additional offices in San Diego, Calif., and Beaverton, Ore. 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

About Nexsan Technologies

Nexsan Technologies, headquartered in Woodland Hills, Calif., is the leader in innovative and correct-cost storage solutions. The company creates and delivers award-winning, storage-centric hardware and application-based solutions worldwide through one of the most diverse and established networks of professionals in the storage industry. Next-generation Nexsan storage products are designed for corporate, graphics, medical imaging, animation and special effects, real time/event monitored/on-line/off-site storage, Internet delivered content, digital film and video, financial online transaction data, music and voice, video security, and document imaging. For more information, please see the company's website at:

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

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

Brendan Kinkade
Nexsan Technologies
VP of Marketing
818-715-9111, ext. 1002

Mark Smith
JPR Communications