The co-authors of the iSNS standards-track specification have submitted the spec to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where it is being considered by the IP Storage Work Group. Nishan worked on the specification alongside
Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO), IBM Research,
Nortel Networks Corp. (NYSE/Toronto: NT),
Pirus Networks, and
Vixel Corporation. (See All Eyes on Cisco and Nortel Lights Up Storage Networks.)
Randy Fardal, vice president of marketing at Nishan, indicated that the IETF is looking at all of the IP storage protocol standards submissions as a group, and he expects to see approval of them late this year or early next year.
Products, however, usually precede the actual approval of standards, the products serving to validate the standard. "Standards don't drive revenue," Fardal said, "Revenue drives standards."
The concept behind the open source code movement started with The Free Software Foundation and gained widespread awareness through the spread of the Linux operating system, a UNIX-like free operating system that runs on Intel-based and other systems. While open source code is free, certain license restrictions apply that encourage contributions back to the development community.
What this means for iSNS is that the open source community, composed of thousands of developers around the world, will have access to the code for testing and development purposes. This process has proven itself to result in both wide adoption of software and greater robustness of the code.