The news service by and for the Research and Education Networking Community in Europe
The first GÉANT Cloud Workshop was held in Rome 13 & 14 October. Close to 40 participants from around 30 NRENs attended the workshop, which concentrated on the adoption of services from the IaaS framework tender.
GÉANT and NSRC (Network Startup Resource Center) - two of the leading organisations responsible for developing and connecting NRENs around the world - have recently renewed their partnership agreement to further expand joint activities in support of technical capacity building in emerging regions.
Find out more about the impact of this partnership, achievements to date and plans for the future.
How should research communities, cloud providers or commercial service providers navigate their way through the galaxy of complex technologies that are used for Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructures (AAIs), in order to find the one that suits their own purposes? To help familiarise people with the basic concepts of the various technologies, AARC and GN4 produced two complementary guide documents, as this AARC project blog explains.
Changes in the market and customer needs mean that NRENs need to ring the changes, with an impact on their role and mission. NRENs are moving from producing their own services and dealing only with services that are in a pre-commercial stage to having an increasing role in procurement and provisioning commodity services; observed the GÉANT Special Interest Group on the Management of Service Portfolios – SIG-MSP, at its meeting hosted by GARR in Rome on 12-13 October 2016.
Industrial Engineer and Master Specialist in Human Talent Management at the University of Quebec, Leonardo Alexánder Rodríguez López was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the colombian NREN by the Board of RENATA.
For Rodríguez López, "RENATA is called to grow. We want to be, through RENATA, the human and technological support to connect the Colombian institutions of the National System of Science, Technology and Innovation, with the world's leading institutions to contribute to improving the level of scientific productivity of our country".
The GÉANT cloud activity is publishing a clouds newsletter. In the newsletter there are useful links to user stories, case studies, interviews, showcases, workshops, and much more. The newsletter is sent to NREN and project contacts that have expressed interest in the GÉANT cloud activity.
In September 2016, the project leaders of the innovation scheme "Digital Assessment for Customised Education" completed their experiments. What lessons have they learned and what are the results of their projects? And also: what now? You can read the answers to these questions on the project leaders' blogs.
After two years of success, 5 meetings, 45 presentations, 19 hours of recordings and 195 participants, the GÉANT Task Force on Web Real-Time Communications - TF-WebRTC - has decided to conclude and re-charter as a new, more inclusive, open format multimedia special interest group - SIG-Multimedia.
The 49th meeting of the computer security incident response team community - TF-CSIRT - was hosted by SWITCH in Zürich, Switzerland, on 20-21 September 2016. The meeting was co-located with a celebration of 20 years of SWITCH CERT, including a symposium, and with a side-meeting role-playing exercise, thanks to the REFEDS Sirtfi initiative. See the blog...
OpenConext has a new feature that enables institutions to control access to services more precisely. SURFnet has added a fine-grained (XACML based) access possibility to OpenConext, so the institutions in its Hub & Spoke can create and manage policies to decide which of their identities have access to a service provider. More information can be found on the web page, where you can also watch a short animation.