2.4.5 Internet and Management Support for Storage (imss)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 66th IETF Meeting in Montreal, Quebec Canada. It may now be out-of-date.

Last Modified: 2006-10-17


David Black <black_david@emc.com>

Operations and Management Area Director(s):

Dan Romascanu <dromasca@avaya.com>
David Kessens <david.kessens@nokia.com>

Operations and Management Area Advisor:

Dan Romascanu <dromasca@avaya.com>

Technical Advisor(s):

Keith McCloghrie <kzm@cisco.com>
Margaret Wasserman <margaret@thingmagic.com>

Mailing Lists:

General Discussion: imss@ietf.org
To Subscribe: https://www1.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/imss
Archive: http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/imss/index.html

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 (http://www.t11.org), 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
Dec 2006  Submit Fibre Channel Zone Server, RSCN, and Fabric Configuration Server MIBs to IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard
Feb 2007  Review working group charter and determine what additional work, if any, should be undertaken by working group


  • draft-ietf-imss-fc-vf-mib-02.txt
  • draft-ietf-imss-fc-rscn-mib-01.txt
  • draft-ietf-imss-fc-fcs-mib-01.txt
  • draft-ietf-imss-fc-zs-mib-01.txt

    Request For Comments:

    RFC3831 Standard Transmission of IPv6 Packets over Fibre Channel
    RFC4338 Standard Transmission of IPv6, IPv4, and Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) Packets over Fibre Channel
    RFC4438 PS Fibre-Channel Name Server MIB
    RFC4439 PS Fibre Channel Fabric Address Manager MIB
    RFC4625 PS Fibre Channel Routing Information MIB
    RFC4626 PS MIB for Fibre Channel's Fabric Shortest Path First (FSPF) Protocol

    Meeting Minutes


    T11.5 Status for IMSS
    Change needed in draft-kzm-imss-fc-zs-mib