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Internet and Management Support for Storage

Document Charter Internet and Management Support for Storage WG (imss)
Title Internet and Management Support for Storage
Last updated 2009-01-15
State Approved
WG State Concluded
IESG Responsible AD Dan Romascanu
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Fibre Channel is a high speed network technology primarily used for 
storage networking (i.e., Storage Area Networks [SANs]). Two
important aspects of Fibre Channel interact with the Internet:
        - Fibre Channel can encapsulate and carry IP protocol traffic
        - Fibre Channel devices can be managed via SNMP

The Internet and Management Support for Storage WG (imss) is chartered 
to address two areas, specifically:
        - IPv4 over Fibre Channel has been specified in RFC 2625. A
          corresponding specification for IPv6 is needed.
        - An initial Fibre Channel Management MIB has been developed by
          the IP Storage (ips) WG; extensions are needed to encompass
          management of additional aspects of Fibre Channel, such
          as zoning.

In the future, other storage related MIBs for other storage transports 
such as INCITS T10 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or SCSI command specific 
MIBs may be proposed. This group would work with the appropriate 
technical committee(s) in a manner similar to that described for 
T11 below.

As Fibre Channel standardization is handled by the INCITS T11 Technical
Committee (, a close working relationship with T11 
is essential to the WG's success. In particular:
       - The IPv6 over Fibre Channel specification will be based on
         draft-desanti-ipv6-over-fibre-channel-02.txt. This draft
         was originally developed within a T11 study group and T11
         has officially recommended this draft to the IETF.
       - The WG will not standardize management of Fibre Channel  
         features ahead of their incorporation into appropriate T11 
         Fibre Channel standards.
       - The WG will work closely with T11, specifically Task Group 
         T11.5, on the functionality and structure of the MIBs it      
         develops for management of Fibre Channel.

In addition to working closely with the INCITS T11 Technical 
this Working Group will work closely with IETF IPv6 Working Group as 
appropriate. In particular, the IPv6 Working Group will be kept 
informed on the progress and status of the IPv6 over Fibre Channel 
specification. The IMSS Working Group Last Call announcement will be 
cross-posted to the IPv6 WG mailing list.