T11 Network Address Authority (NAA) Naming Format for iSCSI Node Names
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From: The IESG <email@example.com> To: IETF-Announce <firstname.lastname@example.org> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <email@example.com>, RFC Editor <firstname.lastname@example.org>, ips mailing list <email@example.com>, ips chair <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Protocol Action: 'T11 Network Address Authority (NAA) naming format for iSCSI Node Names' to Proposed Standard The IESG has approved the following document: - 'T11 Network Address Authority (NAA) naming format for iSCSI Node Names ' <draft-ietf-ips-iscsi-name-ext-06.txt> as a Proposed Standard This document is the product of the IP Storage Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Allison Mankin and Magnus Westerlund. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ips-iscsi-name-ext-06.txt
Technical Summary The INCITS (International Committee of Information Technology Standards) T11 organization defines a format called the Network Address Authority (NAA) format for constructing worldwide unique identifiers using various identifier registration authorities. This identifier format is used by the Fibre Channel (FC) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) transport protocols. Since most existing networked SCSI ports are either FC or SAS, the NAA format is the most commonly used identifier format for SCSI transports. If iSCSI included a naming format that allowed direct representation of a NAA-format name, it would facilitate construction of a target device name that translated easily across multiple namespaces for a SCSI storage device containing ports served by different transports. This document defines an NAA type iSCSI naming format so that one NAA identifier can be assigned as the basis for the SCSI device name for a SCSI target with both SAS ports and iSCSI ports. Working Group Summary The working group was very deliberate about adding this naming format for iSCSI. It is a deliberate choice in the iSCSI specification that iSCSI naming formats are not extensible, but rather need to be deliberated on a case-by-case basis. Protocol Quality This naming format is deployed. Allison Mankin reviewed this specification for the IESG. Elizabeth Rodriguez shepherded the Area Director comments, and David Black shepherded the IESG comments. RFC Editor Note: OLD: InterNational Committee of Information Technology Standards is the primary U.S. focus of standardization in the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information. As such, INCITS also serves as ANSI's Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1. JTC 1 is responsible for International standardization in the field of Information Technology. See www.incits.org NEW: InterNational Committee of Information Technology Standards (INCITS) has broad standardization scope within the field of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) encompassing storage, processing, transfer, display, management, organization, and retrieval of information. INCITS serves as ANSI's Technical Advisory Group for ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1). See www.incits.org.