Luminex Enhances Mainframe Virtual Tape Product

Luminex Software, Inc., a developer and provider of disk-based mainframe virtual tape products and technologies, announced at the SHARE IBM User Group conference in Anaheim, an enhanced version of its Channel Gateway mainframe virtual tape product that the company says outperforms other industry solutions by 2x to 5x or more.  The new Channel Gateway "X" version provides near link-speed virtual tape performance, allowing data centers to meet their maximum mainframe host tape I/O capabilities using disk-based storage.    

The Channel Gateway supports 8GB/s FICON connections.  With the ability to support multiple FICON channels within 1U of data center rack space, a high-availability Channel Gateway configuration can now reach 2GB/s within 2U of data center rack space.

According to Luminex, the unique DataStream Intelligence inherent in the Channel Gateway products, enables data centers to realize the benefits of data deduplication for both backup and active tape operations such as DFHSM.  This provides reduced WAN costs for replicating data to a disaster recovery site, data center floor space savings, and operational savings realized by eliminating the hassles of managing physical tapes.  And with the introduction of Channel Gateway X and its system performance capabilities, additional infrastructure cost and complexity can also be eliminated.

"Luminex continues to demonstrate industry leadership with our Channel Gateway products," states Brian Hawley, CTO and co-founder of LUMINEX.  "We are committed to being the clear choice for customers that demand the best solutions for their mainframe data centers."

Channel Gateway X is now available to select customers and partners.  Pricing and general availability is planned in the second calendar quarter of 2011.To find out more about Luminex and its Modern Mainframe Virtual Tape solutions, go here.