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Industry Leadership. The great thing about standards is that there are so many of them. 2000 Oct 12. Mike Dutch. Industry Leadership. The great thing about standards is that there are so many of them.

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industry leadership

Industry Leadership

The great thing about standards is that there are so many of them

TROIKA University 107A

2000 Oct 12

Mike Dutch

industry leadership1

Industry Leadership

The great thing about standards is that there are so many of them

This presentation is the property of Troika Networks, Inc. and should not be distributed outside the company without explicit authorization.

TROIKA University 107A

2000 Oct 12

Mike Dutch

why bother
Why bother?
  • Active participation contributes to credibility, image, and opportunities
  • Influence standards and products so they complement each other
  • Monitor emerging technologies and competitive activities

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standards bodies
Standards Bodies

T10 – SCSI mappings including FCP, SRP, SES

(SCSI Enclosure Services)

T11 –Fibre Channel including FC-VI, FC-MI

IPFC – IPFC and Fibre Channel MIBs

IP Storage – FCIP, iSCSI, SCSI over SCTP

LAN Standards, POSIX

VIDF

Virtual Interface Developer Forum

VI Architecture, VI Provider Library Evolution

WBEM (including CIM), DMI, DEN, SIS, SES

(Solution Exchange Standard)

HTML, XML, DTD, Style Sheets (CSS and XSL), and other World Wide Web standards

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industry associations
Industry Associations

Broad coverage of storage and networking

SNMWG-FC-HBA API subgroup

Interoperability Lab

Promotes Fibre Channel, SANmark Test Suite

Promotes NASD,

and other projects

Promotes Parallel SCSI

University of New Hampshire InterOperability Lab

U of Minn. Lab for Computational Science & Engineering

Direct Access File System – a VI application

Evolves and promotes a switched fabric based on VI

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vendor consortiums
VendorConsortiums

Minor contribution (MIB) but has EMC marketing behind it

Java Community Process is led by Sun with industry contributions

Private Groups

Focus or “Balkanization” ?

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the java community process
The Java Community Process

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networking standards
Networking Standards
  • OSI Reference Model (ISO 7498:1984)
  • Ethernet, IEEE 802.3, ISO 8802-3
  • Gigabit Ethernet (IEEE 802.3z, 802.3ab)
  • Fibre Channel (T11 FC-PH, FC-GS-2, etc.)
  • InfiniBand

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practical examples
Practical Examples
  • Virtual Interface mapping to Fibre Channel (FC-VI)
  • iFCP
  • Host Bus Adapter (HBA)Application Programming Interface (API)
  • Virtual Interface Developer’s Forum (VIDF)Business Meeting & Structure Proposal

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what is the hba api
What is the HBA API?
  • Description
    • A C language Application Programming Interface (API), supported by vendor-specific libraries, designed to provide Independent Software Vendors (ISV) a common way to access information about Fibre Channel networks. The SNIA Fibre Channel Working Group Host Bus Adapter (HBA) API subgroup has completed the first phase of an ongoing effort to enhance the use and management of Storage Area Networks.
  • Goals
    • Before the HBA API, software applications were unable to retrieve Fibre Channel specific information in a consistent manner across operating systems and vendor products.
  • Value
    • The HBA API enables ISVs to deliver greater functionality in a more timely fashion using a single standardized interface. Consumers see the SNIA as the key forum for vendor cooperation to deliver trusted interoperable solutions for the enterprise data center.

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the hba api specification
The HBA API Specification

Discovery of adapters and ports

Information about adapters and ports

Port FCP Information

FC-3 Management Attributes

Port Statistics

ISVApplications

HBA API

Select HBA

Libraries

OS-specific mechanisms are used to load specific HBA libraries

All supported host bus adapters are accessed using a single interface to common functions

Common Code

Vendor API

Participating vendors support a common API to vendor-specific HBA library implementations

Other functions

Other interfaces

Library 1

Library 2

Library n

Vendor Specific

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snw demo configuration
SNW DemoConfiguration

Windows

Solaris

HIGHGROUND

AGILENT

INTERSAN

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CONNEX

EMULEX

JNI

Vendor bringing server

Adapters in each server

AGILENT

AGILENT

AGILENT

EMULEX

EMULEX

EMULEX

JNI

JNI

JNI

QLOGIC

QLOGIC

QLOGIC

QLOGIC

QLOGIC

QLOGIC

TROIKA

TROIKA

TROIKA

HIGHGROUND

HP

INTERSAN

TROIKA

CONNEX

VERITAS

VIXEL

Software

Primary

software

Adapters

LINK TO QLOGIC HBA IN EACH SERVER

LINK TO OTHER ADAPTERS IN EACH SERVER

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broad support for the hba api
Broad Support for the HBA API

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vidf structure proposal

VIDF

Evolve & Publish Standards

VI Architecture

Intel, Compaq, Microsoft

VIDF Structure Proposal

Technical

Working Group

VIPL 1.0, 1.1

Intel, Intel/NetApp

SNIA

  • Reference Implementation
  • Test Suites / Certification
  • Education
  • Marketing
  • Web Site (Spec / Code)

Promotional

Working Group

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questions answers
Questions & Answers

Name the standards bodies for FCP, IPFC, and FC-VI

Name the standards body that ensures the smooth operation of the Internet

Name the host adapter vendors participating in the HBA API demo

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