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Data Domain, Luminex Partner

Data Domain and Luminex partner to address mainframe users' data protection needs

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Data Domain, a leading provider of Enterprise Protection Storage systems for disk backup and network-based disaster recovery, and Luminex Software, a leading developer of mainframe connectivity, channel gateway, storage and data distribution products, today announced that they have partnered to deliver solutions that allow mainframe users to reap the benefits of data deduplication for tape-free, disk-based backup and WAN vaulting of backup data for DR. By combining Data Domain appliances with Luminex's Channel Gateway products, mainframe users can reduce or eliminate their reliance on tape systems and implement advanced data protection processes.

Luminex Channel Gateways enable FICON and ESCON mainframe protocol and virtual tape connectivity to open systems Ethernet and Fibre Channel storage systems. Data Domain's enterprise protection storage systems use Ethernet or Fibre Channel to connect into the IT infrastructure. Shoden Data Systems has successfully integrated the vendors' solutions and deployed a mainframe environment data protection solution for a leading retail company in the Republic of South Africa.

"The combination of Luminex and Data Domain technologies opens the door for mainframe users to deploy tape-free data protection solutions in their environments and realize the benefits of data deduplication technology," said Mark Slade, director of business development for Shoden Data Systems. "Our client was able to eliminate a tape-based backup and disaster recovery solution that was extremely costly and time consuming to manage. The Luminex/Data Domain solution was much faster, highly reliable and simple to install, and our client no longer has exposure to the inherent risks associated with physical removal of tapes for offsite storage."

Data Domain Inc. (Nasdaq: DDUP)

Luminex Software Inc.

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