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Network Standards and Standards Organizations
You can't study networking and its
related technologies without very quickly encountering a whole host
of standards that are related to the subjectand organizations
that create these standards. Network standards facilitate the interoperability
of network technologies and are extremely important. It may be an exaggeration
to say that networking wouldn't exist without standards, but it isnt
to say that networking as we know it would not exist without
them. Networks are literally everywhere, and every hardware device or
protocol is governed by at least one standard, and usually many.
In this section I provide a brief
examination of the often-overlooked subject of network standards and
standards organizations. I begin with a background discussion of why
standards are important, highlighting the differences between proprietary,
de facto and open standards. I give an overview of networking standards
in general terms, and then describe the most important international
standards organizations and industry groups related to networking. I
then describe the structure of the organizations responsible for Internet
standards, including the registration authorities and registries that
manage resources such as addresses, domain names and protocol values.
I conclude with a discussion of the Request For Comment (RFC) process
used for creating Internet standards.
Quick navigation to subsections and regular topics in this section
- Proprietary, Open and De Facto Standards (Parts: 1 2 3 )
- Networking Standards
- International Networking Standards Organizations
- Networking Industry Groups
- Internet Standards Organizations (ISOC, IAB, IESG, IETF, IRSG, IRTF) (Parts: 1 2 3 )
- Internet Registration Authorities and Registries (IANA, ICANN, APNIC, ARIN, LACNIC, RIPE NCC) (Parts: 1 2 3 )
- Internet Standards and the Request For Comment (RFC) Process (Parts: 1 2 3 )
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