Luminex Announces Channel Gateway™ 3000 Family of FICON-Based Mainframe Storage Gateway Products

Product Family Advances Luminex’s Universal Storage Networking™ Vision

RIVERSIDE, CA—June 6, 2006—Luminex Software, Inc., announces the Channel Gateway 3000 Family of products and specifically the Channel Gateway 3200 and Channel Gateway 3400 product lines.  The Channel Gateway product family is a new family of products from Luminex that will open the mainframe storage market to the competitive market forces that are at work in the open systems storage market by providing FICON capabilities with industry standard server platforms.

The Channel Gateway 3200 and 3400 are the first of many new products that will be released in the Channel Gateway 3000 product family.  The Channel Gateway 3400 is Luminex’s mainframe FICON-based direct-to-tape product that enables Fibre Channel tape drives and FC-based Encryption Appliances to be channel-attached as native mainframe tape devices.  The Channel Gateway 3400, which is available for immediate delivery with FICON channel connectivity, now adds support for IBM 3494 tape libraries and most brands of open system tape libraries in addition to existing support of the leading tape encryption appliances and FC tape drives in SUN/StorageTek tape libraries.

The Channel Gateway 3200 is Luminex’s FICON-based secure distribution product that enables mainframe tape data to be transparently encrypted and distributed on CD or DVD media to non-mainframe environments. The Channel Gateway 3200, which too is available for immediate delivery, allows customers to easily distribute confidential client data to partners or customers that do not have mainframes and greatly simplifies both media creation and access.  Luminex also offers the uniquely valuable Media Distribution Tracking Systems which automate the media creation and shipping process while tracking the media from creation to delivery to document and validate the location of the media at all times.

“Mainframe data centers now have viable choices to meet their mainframe tape encryption and distribution needs,” said Arthur Tolsma, Luminex’s CEO.  “Our customers sought proven solutions that work with their existing environment to meet their need to encrypt mainframe backup tapes and to securely distribute mainframe data.  The Channel Gateway 3000 family of products is a direct outgrowth from working hand-in-hand with customers to solve real problems with practical and cost effective solutions."

With recent wins at financial, banking and disaster recovery institutions in the US, the Channel Gateway product family is a proven entity and is changing the competitive landscape of the proprietary mainframe storage marketplace.  

About Luminex

Luminex develops and markets mainframe channel gateway, connectivity and data storage products.  Luminex products and technology are used worldwide by the leading companies in financial, technology, healthcare and other major industries.  Luminex’s Channel Gateways stream data from mainframe channels, at channel speed, to fibre channel fabrics and provide the ability to securely encrypt mainframe tape data for backup, archive, and distribution.  The Data|WARE™ product line offers CD and DVD production, distribution and encryption for mainframe and network applications.  The Virtual|BLUE™ product line provides native connectivity from mainframes to open-systems servers and storage networks.

Founded in 1994, Luminex Software, Inc. is headquartered in Riverside, California with development offices in San Diego, California, and Beaverton, Oregon. Luminex products are available directly from the company and through partnerships with leading systems integrators and resellers worldwide. Call 1.888.LUMINEX or email us at for more information, or visit our web site at

Luminex, Channel Gateway, Universal Storage Networking, Data|WARE and Virtual|BLUE are trademarks of Luminex Software, Inc.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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