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Concluded WG Internet and Management Support for Storage (imss)

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WG Name Internet and Management Support for Storage
Acronym imss
Area Operations and Management Area (ops)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-imss-04 Approved
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Personnel Chair David L. Black
Area Director Dan Romascanu
Tech Advisors Keith McCloghrie, Margaret Cullen
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Final Charter for Working Group

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.

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done Submit Fibre Channel Security MIB modules to IESG for consideration as proposed standard
Done Review working group charter and determine what additional work, if any, should be undertaken by working group
Done Submit Fibre Channel Zone Server, RSCN, and Fabric Configuration Server MIBs to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Done Submit Routing Information, FSPF and Virtual Fabrics MIBs to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Done Work with T11.5 to determine what additional MIB modules are needed
Done Submit Fibre Channel Name Server MIB to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Done Submit Fibre Channel Fabric Address Manager MIB to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Done Submit IPv6 over Fibre Channel draft to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard