Luminex Channel Gateways are mainframe virtual tape
control units that enable enterprise storage systems,
such as NAS, FC and internal storage from HP, HDS,
EMC, EMC Data Domain, Oracle, IBM, NetApp, FalconStor
and others 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 centers.
Luminex’s enhanced version, Channel Gateway
X 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 3 – 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.
Typical Channel Gateway X disaster recovery configuration.