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Luminex Wins in Taiwan

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- Luminex Software, Inc., a leading developer of mainframe connectivity, channel gateway, storage and data distribution products, announced today that its Channel Gateway Virtual Tape System has been installed and is fully operational at Chunghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Taiwans leading telecommunications service provider. Chunghwa Telecom installed the solution at its Central Taiwan Business Group (“CTBG”), which relies on its mainframe to process critical customer data, the key to their customer revenue.

Chunghwa’s CTBG had been searching for ways to increase the efficiencies of their backup process. Previously, they had utilized 3490 tape autoloaders and a StorageTek 9310 tape library with 3490E tape drives as its backup solution for its billing system. However, the growing number of tapes made media management difficult, tape capacity was well under-utilized and risks of relying on obsolete 3490 tape technology were growing.

CTBG turned to the Luminex Channel Gateway Virtual Tape System. The Channel Gateway appears as native 3490 tape drives to the mainframe and operates as a tape library, saving virtual tape data as disk-based files. Thus, CTBG can now use open system storage to store their mainframe virtual tape data. The results have been dramatic. CTBG now stores its 15 Terabytes of tape data in a single standard computer rack, replacing 5 racks of the old tape loaders. And the flexibility of the Channel Gateway eliminates the cartridge capacity issue where tape media space was wasted. CTBG also takes advantage of the Import/Export feature to read or create native mainframe tapes by using a SCSI/FC tape drive connected the Channel Gateway server. Operational requirements for 3490 tape technology were eliminated while maintaining the ability to distribute and receive 3490 mainframe tapes from other locations.

Luminex Software Inc.