Deprecation of the Internet Fibre Channel Protocol (iFCP) Address Translation Mode
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|Authors||David L. Black , David Peterson|
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Storage Maintenance (storm) WG David L. Black Internet Draft EMC Intended status: Proposed Standard David Peterson Expires: April 2011 Brocade Updates: 4172 October 14, 2010 Deprecation of iFCP Address Translation Mode draft-ietf-storm-ifcp-ipn133-updates-03.txt Status of this Memo This Internet-Draft is submitted in full conformance with the provisions of BCP 78 and BCP 79. Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its areas, and its working groups. Note that other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet- Drafts. Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference material or to cite them other than as "work in progress." 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Black & Peterson Expires April 2011 [Page 1] Internet-Draft iFCP and Protocol 133 Updates October 2010 Abstract Changes to Fibre Channel have caused the specification of iFCP address translation mode to become incorrect. Due to the absence of usage of iFCP address translation mode, it is deprecated by this document. iFCP address transparent mode remains correctly specified. iFCP address transparent mode has been implemented and is in current use, therefore, it is not affected by this document. This document also records the state of Protocol Number 133, which was allocated for a pre-standard version of FCIP. Table of Contents 1. Introduction...................................................2 2. Conventions used in this document..............................3 3. iFCP Address Translation Mode..................................3 3.1. Problem Discussion........................................3 3.2. iFCP Address Translation Mode Deprecation.................4 4. FCIP and Protocol Number 133...................................4 5. Security Considerations........................................4 6. IANA Considerations............................................5 7. Conclusions....................................................5 8. References.....................................................5 8.1. Normative References......................................5 8.2. Informative References....................................5 1. Introduction See Section 3 of [RFC4172] for introductory material on Fibre Channel concepts. iFCP (Internet Fibre Channel Protocol) [RFC4172] operates in two modes with respect to Fibre Channel N_Port fabric addresses (24-bit N_Port_IDs), address transparent mode and address translation mode (both modes are specified in [RFC4172]): o Address Transparent mode is a pass-through mode that preserves Fibre Channel N_Port fabric addresses. o Address Translation mode is a Fibre Channel analog to Network Address Translation (NAT) in which iFCP gateways change Fibre Channel N_Port fabric addresses at the boundary between Fibre Channel and the Internet. Both the source (S_ID) and destination (D_ID) N_Port fabric addresses may be changed by the iFCP gateways. Black & Peterson Expires February 2011 [Page 2] Internet-Draft iFCP and Protocol 133 Updates October 2010 This document deprecates iFCP address translation mode because the specification has not tracked changes in Fibre Channel and because there are no known implementations. Protocol Number 133 was allocated for a pre-standard version of FCIP (Fibre Channel Internet Protocol) that encapsulated FC frames directly in IP packets. That protocol number is not used by the standard FCIP protocol [RFC3821][FC-BB-3], but implementations of the pre-standard protocol were deployed. Therefore, this document makes no change to the current allocation of Protocol Number 133. 2. Conventions used in this document The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119]. 3. iFCP Address Translation Mode iFCP address translation mode has to translate addresses embedded in transmitted data. This is analogous to NAT translation of IP addresses embedded in IP packets. Fibre Channel restricts the occurrence of embedded fabric addresses to control messages (frames); N_Ports send and receive two types of control frames that may contain embedded fabric addresses: o Extended Link Services (ELSs); and o FC-4 Link Services (FC-4 LSs) for the SCSI over Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP). The embedded fabric address translations for N_Port control frames are specified in Section 7.3 of [RFC4172]. These translations were correct as specified for Fibre Channel as of approximately 2003, based on the [FC-FS] standard for ELSs and the [FCP] standard for FCP FC-4 LSs. 3.1. Problem Discussion Significant changes have been made to FC control frames since the iFCP specification [RFC4172] was published; the currently applicable FC standards are [FC-LS] and [FCP-3], and additional changes are forthcoming in the [FC-LS-2] and [FCP-4] standards projects which are nearing completion. These changes have caused Section 7.3 of [RFC 4172] to become incorrect. Black & Peterson Expires February 2011 [Page 3] Internet-Draft iFCP and Protocol 133 Updates October 2010 Actual iFCP deployment has diverged significantly from that anticipated during the development of [RFC4172]. All deployments of iFCP known to the authors of this document use iFCP address transparent mode and are used only for FC inter-switch links. iFCP address translation mode as specified in [RFC4172] cannot be used for FC inter-switch links because the necessary embedded fabric address translations for FC inter-switch control messages (Switch Fabric Internal Link Services, ILSs) have not been specified. 3.2. iFCP Address Translation Mode Deprecation For the reasons described above, it is prudent to deprecate iFCP address translation mode in preference to updating it to the current state of Fibre Channel standards. Updating iFCP address translation mode would create a continuing requirement to update an unused protocol mode to match future changes to FC control frames. Therefore, this document deprecates iFCP address translation mode: o iFCP address translation mode [RFC4172] SHOULD NOT be implemented and SHOULD NOT be used. o The status of [RFC4172] remains Proposed Standard RFC in order to retain the specification of iFCP address transparent mode. o The [RFC4172] specification of iFCP address translation mode should be treated as Historic [RFC2026]. 4. FCIP and Protocol Number 133 Protocol Number 133 was allocated for Fibre Channel (FC) [IANA-IP] and used by a pre-standard version of the FCIP protocol that encapsulates FC frames directly in IP packets. The standard FCIP protocol [RFC3821][FC-BB-3] encapsulates FC frames in TCP and hence does not use Protocol Number 133, but implementations of the pre- standard version of the FCIP protocol were deployed [MR]. Based on this deployment, the protocol number needs to remain allocated. 5. Security Considerations The security considerations for iFCP continue to apply; see Section 10 of [RFC4172]. Black & Peterson Expires February 2011 [Page 4] Internet-Draft iFCP and Protocol 133 Updates October 2010 6. IANA Considerations IANA should add this document as a supplemental reference for the allocation of Protocol Number 133, but should not change that allocation. 7. Conclusions For the reasons described in this document, iFCP Address Translation mode is deprecated, and the allocation of Protocol Number 133 remains unchanged at this time. 8. References 8.1. Normative References [FC-FS] Fibre Channel Framing and Signaling Interface (FC-FS), ANSI INCITS 373-2003, October 2003. [FC-LS] Fibre Channel - Link Services (FC-LS), ANSI INCITS 433-2007, July 2007. [FCP] Fibre Channel Protocol (FCP), ANSI INCITS 269-1996, April 1996. [FCP-3] Fibre Channel Protocol - 3 (FCP-3), ISO/IEC 14776-223:2008, June 2008. [IANA-IP] Assigned Internet Protocol Numbers, IANA Registry, http://www.iana.org/assignments/protocol-numbers/protocol- numbers.xhtml, visited October 2010. [RFC2026] Bradner, S., "The Internet Standards Process -- Revision 3", BCP 9, RFC 2026, October 1996. [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997. [RFC4172] Monia, C., et al, "iFCP - A Protocol for Internet Fibre Channel Storage Networking", RFC 4172, September 2005. 8.2. Informative References [FC-BB-3] Fibre Channel Backbone - 3 (FC-BB-3), ANSI INCITS 414-2006, July 2006. Black & Peterson Expires February 2011 [Page 5] Internet-Draft iFCP and Protocol 133 Updates October 2010 [FC-LS-2] Fibre Channel - Link Services - 2 (FC-LS-2), INCITS Project 2103-D, Technical Committee T11 (www.t11.org). [FCP-4] Fibre Channel Protocol - 4 (FCP-4), INCITS Project 1828-D, Technical Committee T10 (www.t10.org). [MR] Rajagopal, M., Private email communication, June 2009. [RFC3821] Rajagopal, M., E. Rodriguez and R. Weber, "Fibre Channel Over TCP/IP (FCIP)", RFC 3821, July 2004. Acknowledgments The authors would like to thank Tom Talpey, David Harrington, Joe Touch, Paul Hoffman and Pekka Savola for helpful comments on this document. This document was prepared using 2-Word-v2.0.template.dot. Authors' Addresses David L. Black EMC Corporation 176 South Street Hopkinton, MA 01748 Phone: +1 (508) 293-7953 Email: email@example.com David Peterson Brocade Communications 6000 Nathan Lane North Plymouth, MN 55442 Phone: +1 (612) 802-3299 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Black & Peterson Expires February 2011 [Page 6]