GÉANT L3VPN service offers researchers new opportunities
IP networking has provided the R&E world with an effective, worldwide standard for communication since its standardisation in 1982. The ubiquitous nature of TCP/IP has meant that virtually anyone, anywhere can communicate and collaborate without the need for separate network connections or multiple pieces of software.
Whilst most applications can use the standard IP networking services many research projects require the additional security and reassurance of a Virtual Private Network to ensure data services are isolated from general IP traffic. For teams requiring support for many-to-many site connectivity a Layer 3 Virtual Private Network (L3VPN) offers the solution.
L3VPNs are also 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 155Mbps to 100Gbps (subject to availability).
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.
GÉANT and the NRENs have worked together to provide a uniquely flexible and powerful service. The service allocates unique VLAN identifiers to each L3VPN to ensure data isolation across the GÉANT network giving assured performance and security.
With the launch of the L3VPN service GÉANT and its partners have provided research projects with a valuable new networking tool to support international collaboration across the community.
The GÉANT L3VPN service is available to pan-European projects and users via
Europe’s NRENs. Visit the Partners page for links to GÉANT's NREN partners.