McData Corp is continuing its relationship with IBM Corp by supplying the new IBM Escon Director Model 5, its fiber optic switch connecting large systems – it’s a euphemism for mainframe – with DASD storage peripherals. McData has supplied IBM’s S/390 division with Escon Directors since 1994, but awkwardly, it was acquired by IBM’s arch enemy EMC Corp in 1995 and recently it has been looking beyond IBM to expand its business (CI No 3,260). It recently acquired switch technology from Hewlett-Packard Co (CI No 3,127).
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