Increased privacy and control - helping to build effective virtual teams across borders
Many research projects require the additional security and reassurance of a virtual private network (VPN) to ensure data services are isolated from general IP (internet protocol) traffic.
By creating a virtual IP network, all sites on the VPN can communicate flexibly without the need to arrange separate networks, whilst benefiting from the privacy and security of a private infrastructure.
VPNs are ideal for many-to-many (peer-to-peer) or one-to-many (central-site-to-satellite) environments, where each site can be allocated bandwidth according to its own requirements. Each site can support bandwidths from 10Gbps to 100Gbps (subject to availability).
GÉANT and the national research and education networking (NREN) organisations have worked together to provide a range of uniquely flexible and powerful services.
The GÉANT Multi-Domain Virtual Private Network (MD-VPN) provides an end-to-end international network service that enables scientists all over Europe to collaborate via a common private network infrastructure. The MD-VPN service can be used for connectivity between clusters, grids, clouds and HPC (high-performance computing) centres, allowing them to form virtual distributed resources for third-party research projects. MD-VPN offers fast delivery of VPNs to end users and so can be used in a variety of ways, from a long-term infrastructure with a high demand for intensive network usage to quick point-to-point connections for a conference demonstration.
MD-VPN is now available in the following countries;
L3-VPNs are ideal for many-to-many (peer-to-peer) or one-to-many (central-site-to-satellite) environments, where each site can be allocated bandwidth according to its own requirements. Each site can support bandwidths from 10Gbps to 100Gbps (subject to availability). This service allocates unique VLAN (virtual local area network) identifiers to each L3-VPN to ensure data isolation across the GÉANT network, giving assured performance and security. The GÉANT L3-VPN service provides NRENs with the backbone infrastructure to enable custom VPN services for their users across the GÉANT backbone.
At a glance
L3-VPN services are used by NRENs to support their own VPN and networking requirements.
MD-VPN is designed to support research teams needing a multi-domain end-to-end VPN solution.
Both many-to-many and one- to-many configurations available.
Capacities from 10Gbps to 100Gbps.
To learn about accessing GÉANT VPN services in your country, refer to your national NREN. Visit the partners page for links to GÉANT's NREN partners.