LUMINEX Announces First 4-Port PCI-X Based Mainframe ESCON Channel HBA

Platform Solutions, Inc. Open Mainframe™ Servers To offer Luminex ESCON Channel Technology

TAMPA, FL—February 12, 2007—Luminex Software, Inc., a leading developer of mainframe connectivity, channel gateway, storage and data distribution products, announced today at the SHARE Technology Exchange Expo the industry’s first 4-port PCI-X based mainframe ESCON Channel Host Bus Adaptor (HBA).  With this announcement Luminex extends its industry leadership as a core developer of mainframe channel connectivity technology for industry partners and OEMs.

Luminex also announced today that Platform Solutions, Inc. (PSI) will offer the new 4-port ESCON HBA on PSI’s Open Mainframe servers, providing new choice for mainframe datacenters connecting legacy devices with open mainframe computers.  The 8999 4-Port ESCON channel from Luminex represents the most advanced PCI-X based ESCON channel available in the industry.  With the 8999, PSI is now delivering four times greater ESCON channel connectivity for all of their configurations.   PSI has used their extensive array of operating system and device compatibility certification tools to test, qualify, and certify the new 4-Port ESCON Channel Card to meet the stringent demands of mainframe datacenters.

“Luminex is proud to work with Platform Solutions, Inc. as our initial customer for this modern ESCON implementation,” says Michael Saunders, President of Luminex.  “PSI Open Mainframe Servers represent a new era of mainframe technology, opening new opportunities for significant market growth.  We look forward to serving PSI and the mainframe industry with market leading technology advancements while providing customers the ability to maintain and extend their existing investments in mainframe infrastructure.”

“Luminex is the right partner for PSI to bring this technology to our customers,” said Michael Maulick, CEO of Platform Solutions, Inc.  “The quality and performance of the 4-Port ESCON Channel is superior.  In Luminex we found a partner who shares our commitment to the highest standards of quality, reliability, and performance demanded by mainframe customers.”

The 8999 represents many man-years of development and is certified for the most I/O intensive processing environments. Based on perpetual, fully paid IBM patent licenses and built to meet the RAS and performance requirements of z/Architecture servers and devices, it’s highly-available and scalable design includes features such as dynamic reconnect, multi-pathing, and FPGA-based on-board processors for offload of host processing.  Compared to prior generations of PCI-based ESCON products from any vendor, the 8999 represents a true quantum leap in terms of channel density (4 Ports), reduced chip-count, reliability, and performance.

The new 4-port ESCON HBA will also be integrated into the complete Luminex Channel Gateway product family during the second quarter of 2007, further extending Luminex’s technology leadership in modern mainframe connectivity technology.  Additional form factors will also be released throughout 2007.

About Luminex Software, Inc.

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 provide native mainframe FICON and ESCON channel connectivity to open systems storage and networks.  The Data|WARE™ Production CD/DVD product family enables customers to archive and distribute data on CD and DVD media for mainframe and network applications.  The Virtual|BLUE™ product family 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, Universal Storage Networking, Channel Gateway, DataWARE and Virtual|BLUE are trademarks of Luminex Software, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

About PSI

Platform Solutions, Inc., (PSI) develops Open Mainframe servers compatible with the broadest set of datacenter environments and operating systems, including IBM® z/OS®. The company was launched in 2003 and is funded by leading venture and strategic investors, including Blueprint Ventures, Goldman Sachs, Intel Capital, InterWest, and Investcorp. The company is based in Sunnyvale, California.   For more information, please visit

PSI and Open Mainframe are trademarks of Platform Solutions, Inc.   All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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