Luminex And Diligent Technologies Announce Industry's First Mainframe Resident Virtual Tape Solution Using Open Systems Disk

Riverside, Calif. and Framingham, Mass. - February 8, 2005 — Luminex Software, Inc., a leading developer of mainframe connectivity products, and Diligent Technologies, a leading enterprise data protection software provider for mainframe and open systems environments, today announced product certification and qualification of Diligent's Virtual Tape Facility Mainframe (VTF™ Mainframe) product with Luminex's Virtual|BLUE™ 3990 (V|B 3990) DASD control unit. Together, the two solutions provide mainframe customers with a high-capacity, high-performance and cost-effective alternative for their tape-based backup and recovery needs.

A first of its kind offering, Luminex's V|B 3990 DASD control unit, along with Diligent's VTF Mainframe solution, allows mainframe environments to seamlessly implement a disk-based backup and recovery solution on all industry-leading open systems disk solutions. This powerful combination breaks down the cost barriers to implementing online disk subsystems to store data -- for backup and recovery, space management or batch processing -- that typically resides on mainframe tape. With the Luminex/Diligent solution, mainframe customers enjoy a superior level of data reliability, performance and cost-effectiveness compared to traditional mainframe tape library systems.

"We are pleased about the opportunity to integrate V|B 3990 with Diligent's VTF Mainframe offering," said Michael Saunders, president of Luminex. "Through this unique combination, we continue our mission of providing proven, reliable and cost-effective mainframe DASD storage to customers. VTF Mainframe and V|B 3990 allow mainframe customers to keep their tape data online at exceptionally attractive cost-points."

Luminex's V|B 3990 DASD control unit, in tandem with Diligent's VTF Mainframe, delivers cost-effective disk for the tape-based data in z/OS environments. V|B 3990 is the first disk independent control unit that enables open systems disk storage for use as native DASD on mainframes.

"Utilizing Luminex's V|B 3990, the total cost of ownership (TCO) for VTF Mainframe configurations is far lower than with any other DASD solution. More customers can now budget for VTF Mainframe systems and far greater online storage capacities are economically feasible," said Mike Parise, VP Sales & Marketing at Diligent Technologies. "This added capability will make an already attractive value proposition even more compelling."

Dramatically shortening batch and backup windows, VTF Mainframe is Diligent's virtual tape software that emulates IBM-compatible tape processing for z/OS environments, transparently directing tape data to disk. VTF Mainframe has been installed and accepted across numerous markets, including financial services, automotive, transportation, government and education. VTF Mainframe leverages existing tape infrastructure investments, significantly boosts data center and end user productivity, and provides a highly efficient disaster recovery solution.

About Luminex Software, Inc.
Luminex develops distinctive data storage products based upon proven technologies 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. With a history in mainframe channel connectivity products, Luminex’s Virtual| BLUE™ product family bridges the gap between the mainframe enterprise and open systems world, thereby transforming the economics of mainframe storage. Luminex’s Data|WARE ™ product family enables customers to archive and distribute data on CD and DVD media.

Founded in 1994, Luminex is privately held and headquartered in Riverside, Calif., with additional offices in San Diego, Calif., and Beaverton, Ore. For more information about Luminex, please visit the Luminex website, email or call 1.888.LUMINEX.

About Diligent Technologies Corporation
Diligent delivers scalable, proven virtual tape software providing customers with faster recovery, reliability and guaranteed data protection at a lower cost. Diligent's VTF software leverages existing tape infrastructure and is seamlessly integrated into data center environments of all sizes. VTF helps customers utilize disk storage as a backup and restore medium, without disrupting existing policies, practices and procedures. Diligent's storage software solutions and professional services are available through its reseller and partner channels along with sales, service and research and development support located worldwide. Information on Diligent Technologies is available on the World Wide Web at, tel: +1-508-663-1300 or e-mail:

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