SURFnet will be the FIRST NREN offering eduVPN as a service to its constituency. Institutes in the Netherlands will be able to replace their current VPN concentrators by a centrally hosted cloud-like managed eduVPN service. The official launch date is scheduled for 1 July 2017.
eduVPN integrates smoothly with federation services via SAML and currently most effort is put on creating easy-to-use and secure apps for Android, IOS, Windows and MacOS. The server side components have been released end 2016. In December it was decided to support federated eduVPN as an additional feature to eduVPN. This will allow a user as a guest to make use of other NREN’s eduVPN servers, just like eduroam provides guest access too. In order to make it user-friendly this will create a second federation layer on the VPN level.
The android eduVPN app was released in January and the MacOS, Windows app (7,8 and 10) and Linux app are expected in October.
All software, technical documents and generic documentation are published in github https://github.com/eduvpn
eduVPN is an initiative of SURFnet, NORDUnet, DeiC and AARNet to make VPN technology commonly available, by building better and more user-friendly tools. Security wise eduVPN will raise the bar in comparison with other VPN solutions. The joint effort is aimed at making eduVPN as ‘The VPN standard’ for the NREN community. The Vietsch Foundation and SIDN fund decided to co-fund eduVPN.
The Commons Conservancy as an organisation was set up to help mature upcoming efforts around open technologies, and facilitate healthy and self-supporting ecosystems that are sustainable in the long term, by providing an infrastructure for coordination as well as a proper legal framework for governance over contributions made to the projects. SURFnet, NORDUnet and AARNet have started the process, via GÉANT’s Greenhouse SIG, to board as a programme within The Commons Conservancy.
GÉANT’s role is about defining, maintaining and enforcing the eduVPN governance structure including the policies that are needed in order to deploy eduVPN as a NREN.