The SANtegrity Binding feature is the critical security element for FICON
Cascading, which requires the fabric to be locked down in a more secure fashion.
Now, through FICON technology, EMC will be able to provide this installed base of mainframe customers with the increased performance, connectivity and ease of management that McDATA's Director products offer," said Don Swatik, EMC vice president of global alliances and information sciences.
FICON is the next generation of that storage networking protocol and is based on standard Fibre Channel network components.
"Mainframe customers need to assess the cost and performance advantages that FICON will bring to their data centers.
With this announcement, IBM becomes the first storage vendor to offer mainframe customers a Fibre Channel-based connection (FICON) to their high-end disk systems.
In December 2000, IBM was the first company in the storage industry to support native FICON for tape with the Magstar 3590 A60 Tape Controller.
Fig 1 shows a Fibre Channel SAN that carries both FCP and FICON traffic.
The breakthrough aspect of FICON is that gateway systems and device emulation are no longer needed for the two sides to access each other's devices.