Here are my responses:
1) Yes, as alluded to in the iSNS draft. You understood it well.
2) You are welcome to write a paper or RFC if you desire. I am willing to help you out.
From: dan yo [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, September 28, 2003 10:56 PM
Subject: [Ips] iSNS: question on exporting FC Zone DB to iSNS DB
I would like to get some opinions and thoughts on mapping FC Zone Server DB
to iSNS DB in a single or multiple fabrics, mixed protocol SAN switches
Based on my understanding of the FC-GS, FC-SW, and the iSNS draft, FC zone
objects are mapped to iSNS objects as follow:
FC zone maps to iSNS DD (Discovery Domain).
FC zone set maps to iSNS DD Set.
FC fabric maps to iSNS Network Entity.
Assume we have a multi-fabric SAN with mixed FC and iSCSI switches,
We want to create a central iSNS database to store all the devices,
where some of the devices are exported from the FC zone DBs, and some
are registered from the iSNS capable clients (most likely iSCSI devices).
With the central iSNS server, iSNS capable management stations now
have a full view of the whole multi-fabric SAN.
1. Would iSNS serve well for the above application?
2. When FC Zone DBs are merged or segmented, how the FC Zone DBs
are synchronized with the iSNS DB is an implementation issue, but
has anybody written any guideline or paper on this?
If not, would this subject be a good ietf draft/rfc candidate?
3. Is there any such product on the market from the major SAN switch
manufacturers (that exports and maps FC Zone DB to iSNS server)?
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