ETI-NET and LUMINEX Partner to Simplify Mainframe Data Sharing

ETI-NET's EZX/BackBox and Luminex's Channel Gateway™ Provide Seamless Data Sharing Between HP NonStop Servers and IBM Mainframes

SAN MATEO and RIVERSIDE, CA — May 1, 2007 — ETI-NET, Inc. and Luminex Software, Inc. today announced that they have partnered to deliver a virtual tape-based data sharing solution for mainframe data centers. Available now, the combined ETI-NET EZX/BackBox and Luminex Channel Gateway allows data centers to quickly and easily transfer and share data between Hewlett-Packard NonStop (Tandem) servers and IBM mainframes.  Data sharing is seamless and requires no physical tapes or manual intervention, and recovers valuable CPU cycles on each host versus current TCP/IP transfer processes.

ETI-NET has a long and successful history of managing production-critical file transfers at over 800 NonStop server installations worldwide.  These customers will greatly benefit from improved data transfer automation and data sharing functionality with IBM mainframe applications to meet their daily production needs. The ETI-NET EZX/BackBox and Luminex Channel Gateway combination is the ideal solution for these customers. 

The EZX/BackBox sends and receives data from the HP NonStop server across a cluster of native SCSI or FC virtual tape devices, while the Luminex Channel Gateway sends and receives data from the IBM mainframe as native ESCON or FICON attached tape drives.  Leveraging the proven BCOM file-transfer management software from ETI-NET on both the NonStop Server and IBM mainframe, the EZX/BackBox and Luminex’s Channel Gateway function transparently for high-capacity, high-bandwidth automated data transfers between the two hosts.

“File interchange with IBM applications is a common requirement in the NonStop community.  The extension of our successful EZX/BackBox architecture to include Luminex Channel Gateways creates the native path to these IBM applications without adding system complexity or overhead.  Users will appreciate the ability to install this solution without the need to re-engineer their tape job streams,” said Andrew Hall, ETI-NET President.

 “ETI-Net is a great partner for Luminex as our companies share a passion to meet the real-world data management needs of enterprise data centers.," said Art Tolsma, Luminex CEO.  "Our vision of Universal Storage Networking™ is now extended to the Non-Stop Server community through our relationship with ETI-NET."

The combined solution is available now.  To learn more directly contact ETI-NET (by telephone at 1-800-546-9101 or by email at or Luminex (by telephone in the U.S. at 1.888.LUMINEX or in Europe at 44.1189.770406 or by email at


ETI-NET develops products which help customers manage the complexities of multi-vendor computer systems. ETI-NET products are designed to easily integrate storage resources from dissimilar computers and provide cost-effective consolidation and management of backup and archiving operations. With a product development center in Montreal, Canada and field operations centers in Boca Raton, Florida and San Mateo, California, ETI-NET has been shipping products for HP NonStop systems since 1987. ETI-NET supports customers worldwide. To learn more about ETI-NET, visit

About Luminex Software, Inc.

Universal Storage Networking™ is Luminex’s strategic vision of dismantling proprietary barriers by enabling all storage and data management products to work in mainframe environments.  Guided by the Universal Storage Networking principle, Luminex develops and markets mainframe channel gateway, connectivity and data storage products that open the mainframe market to the same competitive forces that are at work creating advanced technologies and products in the open systems marketplace.  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™ product family enables customers to archive, encrypt and distribute data on CD and DVD media for mainframe and network applications.  Luminex products are available directly from the company and through partnerships with leading systems integrators and resellers worldwide. For more information, visit our web site at

Note: Luminex, Universal Storage Networking, Channel Gateway and Data|WARE are trademarks of Luminex Software, Inc. BackBox, EZX/Gateway, EZX/BackBox and BCOM are trademarks of ETI-NET, Inc.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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