ESCON to FICON bridge?

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Nov 2nd, 2011

I have a client that uses a very old mainframe that can only take ESCON.  Obviously I would like to use a modern director storage platform, and I am looking for a device that can bridge ESCON to FICON.  Has anyone heard of such a thing? Recommendations?

Much appreciated,


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Vu Phan Thu, 11/03/2011 - 07:38

Hello Brian,

Older IBM ESCON control units can be connected to a Cisco MDS9000 FICON

infrastructure with the Optica PRIZM FICON-to-ESCON converter

bfeeny Thu, 11/03/2011 - 11:31

According to Optika, their unit can allow a FICON mainframe to speak ESCON, but not an ESCON mainframe to speak FICON........unless someone says otherwise this is what they told me.

I also spoke to Luminex who has a product that can do this for Tape only.  They had a DASD product but it is EOL'ed, so I am without a solution.


Vu Phan Thu, 11/03/2011 - 13:30

I am sorry that the solution did not meet you requirement.  Looks like you should think about migration.



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