"Amdahl IT Services Tuesday announced the immediate
availability of its Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) on
Millennium 2000C and Millennium 2000E System/390- and
z/OS-compatible CMOS servers. Native FICON channel architecture
will be available later on this quarter.
IFL allows engines to be used exclusively for Linux, VIF, and
z/VM 4.1 or above for Linux. It is designed to reduce software
licensing costs for enterprises by providing an alternative to
proprietary software. IFL will also be available on OmniFlex and
Millennium 700 and 2000A servers later this quarter.
According to Amdahl, FICON will offer improved I/O performance
and throughput, a greater number of channel-to-control unit
concurrent connections, increased link bandwidth, greater distance
from the FICON channel to the control unit or director, and greater
channel device address support."