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ESCON
Last modified: Monday, September 20, 2004 

Short for Enterprise Systems Connection, or Enterprise Systems Connectivity, an IBM fiber optic connection technology that interconnects S/390 mainframe computers, workstations and network-attached storage devices across a single channel and supports half duplex data transfers. One of the key elements of ESCON is the ESCON Director, an I/O switch capable of providing dynamic, nonblocking, any-to-any connectivity for up to 60 fiber optic links operating at 200 Mb/s. The links can be up to 36 miles (60 kilometers) apart. ESCON is useful in CANs and MANs.

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ESCON Implementation Guide 
This redbook describes ESCON architecture, and provides information on ESCON configuration planning, migration, and coexistence with conventional channel (OEMI) architecture. (pdf)

The IBM ESCON Director: A Dynamic Switch for 200Mb/s Fiber Optic Links 
This paper describes the function and hardware structure of the ESCON Director, an I/O switch capable of providing dynamic, nonblocking, any-to-any connectivity for up to 60 fiber optic links operating at 200 Mb/s. (pdf)

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