Luminex Software, Inc., a leading developer of mainframe connectivity and virtual tape products, and Platform Solutions, Inc. (PSI), developer of System64TM Open Mainframe servers, announced today at the SHARE Technology conference that they have entered into a reseller agreement for PSI to sell Luminex’s Channel GatewaysT to mainframe customers.

PSI’s vision is to offer its customers true choices in the selection of new mainframe systems with a new level of control over their IT investments and ultimate flexibility in aligning their existing and future enterprise computing resources with changing business priorities and technologies. Luminex’s Channel Gateway is an ideal choice for PSI to offer to its mainframe customers since the Channel Gateway provides modern choices for mainframe tape operations while leveraging mature, enterprise-proven technologies.

The Channel Gateway delivers virtual tape emulation for the z/OS, z/VM and z/VSE mainframe operating environments. The Channel Gateway presents NAS, Fibre Channel, iSCSI and SCSI storage solutions to the mainframe as 3480, 3490 and 3590 tape drives. Mainframe tape backup and recovery, storage management and data sharing applications work without modification with the Channel Gateway enabled storage.

“Partnering with Luminex is a natural fit for PSI,” stated Christian Reilly, Sr. VP Product Strategy for PSI. “We both share a commitment to mainframe-class quality and also a commitment to providing our customers new choices to help address evolving IT business realities.”

“PSI is well positioned to deliver our products to mainframe class customers. They have the expertise, background and infrastructure to sell, install and support mainframe-class storage”, said Michael Saunders, president of Luminex. “The Channel Gateway offers distinct value to mainframe customers and though our relationship with PSI, customers can purchase Luminex products from an established mainframe focused system vendor”


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 products and technologies 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. 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


Platform Solutions, Inc. develops Open MainframeT Servers compatible with the broadest set of datacenter environments and operating systems. The new PSI systems are based on proven systems architecture spun-off from Amdahl Corporation and industry standard Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 processor technology, and provide customers true choice and flexibility in mainframe computing. Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., the privately held company was launched in 2003 and is funded by Blueprint Ventures, Goldman Sachs (nyse: GS), Intel Capital (nyse: INTC), Interwest Partners, InvestCorp (London: INVBq.L) and Microsoft Corp. (nasdaq: MSFT). For more information, visit

Note: Luminex, Universal Storage Networking, Channel Gateway and Data|WARE are trademarks of Luminex Software, Inc. Open Mainframe and System64 are trademarks of Platform Solutions, Inc. All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

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