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iFCP - A Protocol for Internet Fibre Channel Storage Networking (RFC4172)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000128858D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Sep-20

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

C. Monia: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This document specifies an architecture and a gateway-to-gateway protocol for the implementation of fibre channel fabric functionality over an IP network. This functionality is provided through TCP protocols for fibre channel frame transport and the distributed fabric services specified by the fibre channel standards. The architecture enables internetworking of fibre channel devices through gateway-accessed regions with the fault isolation properties of autonomous systems and the scalability of the IP network.

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Network Working Group                                           C. Monia
Request for Comments: 4172                                    Consultant
Category: Standards Track                                  R. Mullendore
                                                                  McDATA
                                                           F. Travostino
                                                                  Nortel
                                                                W. Jeong
                                                         Troika Networks
                                                              M. Edwards
                                                       Adaptec (UK) Ltd.
                                                          September 2005


    iFCP - A Protocol for Internet Fibre Channel Storage Networking

Status of This Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).

Abstract

   This document specifies an architecture and a gateway-to-gateway
   protocol for the implementation of fibre channel fabric functionality
   over an IP network.  This functionality is provided through TCP
   protocols for fibre channel frame transport and the distributed
   fabric services specified by the fibre channel standards.  The
   architecture enables internetworking of fibre channel devices through
   gateway-accessed regions with the fault isolation properties of
   autonomous systems and the scalability of the IP network.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction..................................................  4
       1.1.  Conventions used in This Document.......................  4
             1.1.1.  Data Structures Internal to an Implementation...  4
       1.2.  Purpose of This Document................................  4
   2.  iFCP Introduction.............................................  4
       2.1.  Definitions.............................................  5
   3.  Fi...