FICON 201

Presented by

Patty Driever, IBM; Howard Johnson, Broadcom; Joe Kimpler, ATTO Technologies

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FICON (Fibre Channel Connection) is an upper-level protocol supported by mainframe servers and attached enterprise-class storage controllers that utilizes Fibre Channel as the underlying transport. The FCIA FICON 101 webcast (on-demand at http://bit.ly/FICON101) described some of the key characteristics of the mainframe and how FICON satisfies the demands placed on mainframes for reliable and efficient access to data. FCIA experts gave a brief introduction into the layers of architecture (system/device and link) that the FICON protocol bridges. Using the FICON 101 session as a springboard, our experts return for FICON 201 where they will delve deeper into the architectural flow of FICON and how it leverages Fibre Channel to be an optimal mainframe transport. Join this live FCIA webcast where you’ll learn: - How FICON (FC-SB-x) maps onto the Fibre Channel FC-2 layer - The evolution of the FICON protocol optimizations - How FICON adapts to new technologies

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