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Network Service Header (NSH) (RFC8300) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000252460D
Original Publication Date: 2018-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2018-Jan-13
Document File: 80 page(s) / 94K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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P. Quinn: AUTHOR [+5]


Service Functions are widely deployed and essential in many networks. These Service Functions provide a range of features such as security, WAN acceleration, and server load balancing. Service Functions may be instantiated at different points in the network infrastructure such as the WAN, data center, and so forth.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                     P. Quinn, Ed. Request for Comments: 8300                                         Cisco Category: Standards Track                                  U. Elzur, Ed. ISSN: 2070-1721                                                    Intel                                                        C. Pignataro, Ed.                                                                    Cisco                                                             January 2018

                       Network Service Header (NSH)


   This document describes a Network Service Header (NSH) imposed on    packets or frames to realize Service Function Paths (SFPs).  The NSH    also provides a mechanism for metadata exchange along the    instantiated service paths.  The NSH is the Service Function Chaining    (SFC) encapsulation required to support the SFC architecture (defined    in RFC 7665).

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Further information on    Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 7841.

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Quinn, et al.                Standards Track                    [Page 1]
 RFC 8300              Network Service Header (NSH)          January 2018

 Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3

      1.1. Applicability ................................