[rfc-dist] RFC 3720 on Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI)

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        RFC 3720

        Title:      Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI)
        Author(s):  J. Satran, K. Meth, C. Sapuntzakis,
                    M. Chadalapaka, E. Zeidner
        Status:     Standards Track
        Date:       April 2004
        Mailbox:    Julian_Satran at il.ibm.com, meth at il.ibm.com,
                    csapuntz at alum.mit.edu, efri at xiv.co.il,
                    cbm at rose.hp.com
        Pages:      257
        Characters: 578468
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:    None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-ips-iscsi-20.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3720.txt

This document describes a transport protocol for Internet Small
Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) that works on top of TCP.  The
iSCSI protocol aims to be fully compliant with the standardized SCSI
architecture model.

SCSI is a popular family of protocols that enable systems to
communicate with I/O devices, especially storage devices.  SCSI
protocols are request/response application protocols with a common
standardized architecture model and basic command set, as well as
standardized command sets for different device classes (disks, tapes,
media-changers etc.).

As system interconnects move from the classical bus structure to a
network structure, SCSI has to be mapped to network transport
protocols.  IP networks now meet the performance requirements of
fast system interconnects and as such are good candidates to "carry"

This document is a product of the IP Storage Working Group of the

This is now a Proposed Standard Protocol.

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
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