COPAN Systems, the industry leader in cost-effective storage solutions for the protection and management of persistent data, and Luminex Software, a leading developer of mainframe connectivity and virtual tape products, announced today at the SHARE Technology Exchange Expo that they have partnered to enable mainframe users to take advantage of COPAN Systems’ Enterprise MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) for mainframe data protection solutions.

The partnership enables mainframe enterprises, which typically process massive volumes of “write once, read occasionally” persistent data, to seamlessly offload that data to COPAN Systems Enterprise MAID (Massive Array of Idle Disks) solutions. The integration of the Luminex Channel GatewayT with COPAN Systems Revolution Series provides a more efficient and cost-effective method of managing persistent data while ensuring the data reliability and availability that mainframe users have come to expect. Customers will realize significant savings in power, cooling and floor space via the Enterprise MAID platform while gaining access to the unprecedented amounts of storage density and scalability required by large enterprise environments.

“With our Channel Gateway, Luminex has provided a path for new technologies into the mainframe environment,” Art Tolsma, CEO of Luminex, said. “By supporting COPAN Systems’ Enhanced MAID platform with our Channel Gateway, these customers now have access to a uniquely valuable solution that provides the density and economics of tape with the reliability and accessibility of disk.”

“By partnering with Luminex, this will enable COPAN Systems to address the needs of a wide range of mainframe customers who are increasingly struggling with managing the ever-growing volumes of persistent data,” Mark Ward, president and CEO of COPAN Systems said. “Coupled with the Luminex Gateway, mainframe clients can now continue to leverage their familiar mainframe environment, uninterrupted, while seamlessly taking advantage of COPAN’s Revolution 300TX for faster backups, retrievals, density and power savings.”

COPAN Systems’ flagship product line, the Revolution 300 Series, provides the advantages of its Enterprise MAID platform enabling enterprises to dramatically reduce the cost and complexity of managing the rapidly growing volumes of persistent data. COPAN Systems’ Enterprise MAID platform only powers up drives when requested by an application, ensuring no more than 25 percent of the densely packed drives are turned on at any one time. This enables customers to reduce power and cooling costs by at least 75 percent, as well as reduce the solution footprint, and significantly increase the life of the disks.


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. Luminex’s Channel Gateways provide native mainframe FICON and ESCON channel connectivity to open systems storage and networks. Luminex products and technologies are used worldwide by the leading companies in financial, technology, healthcare and other major industries. 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 [email protected] for more information, or visit our web site at


COPAN Systems provides the industry’s most cost-effective storage solutions for the protection and management of persistent data. Purpose built for data rich organizations, its Enhanced MAID architecture dramatically reduces power, cooling and floor space costs in the data center. Expanding to over 8 PB within a single chassis, COPAN Systems delivers unmatched density and scalability for large enterprise environments, including healthcare, financial, government, media and service provider industries. The company is privately held with investments by Austin Ventures, Globespan Capital, Pequot Ventures, Credit Suisse, Gold Hill Capital, Presidio STX, Battery Ventures and NTT Leasing Capital (USA). More information is available at


Eric Christensen
Director, Marketing
Luminex Software, Inc.
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Bill Mottram
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
COPAN Systems
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Ella Nevill
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