Internet and Management Support for Storage (imss)

Last Modified: 2008-03-18

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Description of 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.

Goals and Milestones:

Done    Submit IPv6 over Fibre Channel draft to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Done    Submit Fibre Channel Fabric Address Manager MIB to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Done    Submit Fibre Channel Name Server MIB to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Done    Work with T11.5 to determine what additional MIB modules are needed
Done    Submit Routing Information, FSPF and Virtual Fabrics MIBs to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Done    Submit Fibre Channel Zone Server, RSCN, and Fabric Configuration Server MIBs 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 Security MIB modules to IESG for consideration as proposed standard

No Current Internet-Drafts

Request For Comments:

Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Fibre Channel (RFC 3831) (53328 bytes) obsoleted by RFC 4338
Transmission of IPv6, IPv4, and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Packets over Fibre Channel (RFC 4338) (75541 bytes) obsoletes RFC 2625,RFC 3831
Fibre Channel Fabric Address Manager MIB (RFC 4439) (77153 bytes)
Fibre-Channel Name Server MIB (RFC 4438) (70156 bytes)
Fibre Channel Routing Information MIB (RFC 4625) (41278 bytes)
MIB for Fibre Channel's Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Protocol (RFC 4626) (67953 bytes)
The Virtual Fabrics MIB (RFC 4747) (39034 bytes)
Fibre-Channel Fabric Configuration Server MIB (RFC 4935) (97345 bytes)
Fibre-Channel Zone Server MIB (RFC 4936) (170801 bytes)
Fibre Channel Registered State Change Notification (RSCN) MIB (RFC 4983) (56049 bytes)
MIB for Fibre-Channel Security Protocols (FC-SP) (RFC 5324) (449246 bytes)