NetApp is a long-time leader and participant in the IETF, which governs technical standards for the Internet.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large, open, international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. 

The IETF, which is open to any interested individual, outlines the details of its mission statement—“The goal of the IETF is to make the Internet work better”—RFC 3935

NetApp Participation
NetApp’s participation in the IETF is highlighted by our 15 years of leadership in the NFSv4 protocol. In the IETF, NetApp representatives participate as:

  • Co-chair the NFSv4 working group
  • Co-author of the NFSv4 specification
  • Document editor for the NFSv4.1 specification
  • Spec writers for NFSv4.1 (including pNFS)
  • Spec writers for NFSv4.2
  • Co-chair of the RTP Media Congestion Avoidance Techniques (RMCAT) working group
  • Driver of the Simple Public Key Mechanism (SPKM) initiative
  • Contributor to the Remote Direct Data Placement specification
  • Contributor to the IPS (iSCSI) specification
  • Contributor to the STORM Working Group (iSCSI spec maintenance)
  • Contributor to the TCP Maintenance and Extensions (TCPM) working group

In addition, a NetApp representative is the current Chair of the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF), a research-focused sister organization to the IETF.