[storm] storm - draft state and anticipated schedule

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With the storm WG not meeting during the upcoming IETF Beijing meeting week, this seems like a good time for an update on the state of the various WG drafts, plus a report on your WG chairs' rough plans for getting things done in the WG.

The iFCP drafts (protocol update and MIB update) are at the IESG, or will be soon.  Many thanks to Dave Harrington (our AD) for helping move the iFCP MIB update through MIB Doctor review and to Prakash Venkatesen, the MIB update draft editor for turning out the latest version on very short notice.

A new version of the RDDP MPA change draft should be coming shortly after Beijing, and your WG chairs expect to issue a WG Last Call for it shortly after that new version is submitted.  We believe that draft has had good review from the RDDP (iWARP) community.

The iSCSI SAM-4 (and other) new features draft is basically done, but ... on further consideration, the proverbial "right" course of action for that draft is to keep it in the WG so that it can be sent  to the IESG with the combined 3720bis draft as one package.  That should avoid any inconsistency between the two drafts, and also helps if we discover any important feature changes in working on 3720bis - it'll be possible to add such changes to the new features draft.  The new features draft will expire while draft submissions are closed prior to the Beijing meeting week, but a new version should be submitted shortly thereafter.  The 3720bis draft needs at least one more round of "what should we take out?" attention.

The iSER draft is of concern to your WG chairs because aside from the draft author (who has been very diligent, thanks), we haven't seen any recent engagement from the rest of iSER community.  Absent such engagement, it's potentially dangerous to publish an iSER update RFC that makes non-backwards-compatible changes based on what the implementations actually do ("running code").  We will need to reach out to more people who are familiar with iSER implementations for their input on this draft.

This results in the following proposed updates to the WG's Goals and Milestones dates on the WG's charter page: http://datatracker.ietf.org/wg/storm/charter/

 Old         New
 Date        Date       Description
 Feb 2010   [Dec 2010]  Working Group Last Call on RDDP MPA startup change draft
 Apr 2010   [Jun 2011]  Working Group Last Call on iSER update draft
 --new--       Done     Functionally complete iSCSI SAM-4 (and other) new features draft
 --new--    [Apr 2011]  First version of iSCSI MIB update draft
 Jul 2010   [Jan 2011]  Working Group decision on whether to seek Draft Standard RFC status for the
 combined iSCSI draft (3720bis). [Note: decision may be made significantly before this date.]
 Sep 2010   [Apr 2011]  Working Group Last Call on iSCSI SAM-4 (and other) new features draft
 Oct 2010   [Apr 2011]  Working Group Last Call on combined iSCSI draft (3720bis)
 Dec 2010   [Sep 2011]  Working Group Last Call on iSCSI MIB update draft

The following milestone will be removed, as it's been split into the two --new-- milestones above:

May 2010 Functionally complete iSCSI SAM-4 (and other) new features draft, plus iSCSI MIB update draft

--David (storm WG co-chair)
David L. Black, Distinguished Engineer
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