Luminex Software, Inc. and Kanematsu Electronics Ltd. (KEL) today announced they have extended and expanded their long-standing partnership in Japan for mainframe virtual tape.  KEL has been selling the LUMINEX mainframe virtual tape technology as KEL EG4500-E to the largest companies and organizations in Japan for a decade already.

LUMINEX offers the world’s most modern mainframe virtual tape technology.   The latest version of the KEL EG4500-E now includes LUMINEX’s low-profile PCIexpress FICON and ESCON channel adapters and virtual tape emulation software.

“We have over one hundred customers in Japan – using mainframes from Hitachi, Fujitsu, and IBM – that rely on LUMINEX technology for their mission-critical mainframe tape operations,” says Koichi Toki, Senior Technical Advisor at KEL.  “The KEL EG4500-E products, which are based on
LUMINEX technology, are enterprise-proven at many of the world’s most demanding customers.  We are pleased to offer products based on the long standing and innovative LUMINEX technology and will continue our partnership with LUMINEX to deliver their industry-leading ESCON and FICON products and technology to customers in Japan.”

“LUMINEX continues its commitment to the mainframe industry by delivering best of breed technology to our partners and customers,” said Art Tolsma, LUMINEX’s CEO.  “KEL is a great partner for LUMINEX and they are well recognized in Japan and across the Asia-Pacific region for their unwavering commitment to customer satisfaction and success.”


Kanematsu Electronics Ltd. (KEL) designs and implements information systems and supplies operation and consulting services for business based on KEL’s expertise in information technology. KEL imports, exports, retails, leases, maintains, develops, and manufactures IT system products and software.


LUMINEX is a leading developer and provider of disk-based mainframe virtual tape products and technologies.  To find out more about LUMINEX and its Modern Mainframe Virtual Tape solutions, visit   LUMINEX is headquartered at 871 Marlborough Ave., Riverside, CA  92507, USA and can be contacted at 1-888.LUMINEX or by e-mail at [email protected].

LUMINEX, Channel Gateway and Modern Mainframe Virtual Tape are trademarks of Luminex Software, Inc.


Shigeru Minamino
Kanematsu Electronics Ltd.
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Eric Christensen
Luminex Software, Inc.
951-781-4100 x-161
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