Luminex Mainframe VTL

Luminex Channel Gateway X (CGX)

Luminex Channel Gateways are mainframe virtual tape (MVT) control units that enable enterprise storage systems, such as NAS, FC and internal storage from all major vendors to be used for TBs or PBs of virtual tape storage capacity. These disk-based virtual tape solutions are application transparent and can be configured for entry-to-large mainframe data centres.

Luminex’s enhanced version, Channel Gateway X (CGX) is the industry’s first control unit to use 8Gb FICON connectivity to achieve mainframe tape I/O throughput at wire speed. It has set new performance standards for FICON throughput and has raised the bar by offering throughput levels that are 2–5X faster than other virtual tape products. Now, mainframe data centers can use fewer FICON channels, lower cost and achieve higher FICON throughput to improve all aspects of tape operations.

Channel Gateway virtual tape solutions have been used to replace tape drives, tape libraries and limited virtual tape cache products for years. In most cases, customers use the solution for batch processing, HSM/Archiving, backup and remote disaster recovery. Typically, the gateways are deployed at the customer’s production site and a remote disaster recovery site (Internal or third party DR site) and RPOs and RTOs are achieved and significantly improved by using remote replication of virtual tape data, eliminating the limitations that physical tape imposes on disaster recovery planning, testing and execution.

The Luminex CGX supports z/OS, z/VM, z/VSE and OS390 operating systems and provides 3490 and 3590 tape emulation capabilities with 4,096 tape devices per FICON channel.

Luminex Overview

With over 30 years of experience in enterprise data storage solutions, their key focus has been on solving real customer problems with valuable solutions. Over this time and through several acquisitions they deliver a formidable family of mainframe storage and connectivity solutions, backed by nearly 30 years of continuous mainframe engineering and technical support. Luminex is proud of delivering a number of “1st” to the market with the latest being their Synchronous Tape Matrix (STM) capability