As a national research and education network (NREN), you know that an identity federation can open digital possibilities for your community.
By making it simple and secure for users to access services and content, a federation helps your members push back the boundaries of education and research.
But as you know, building and maintaining your own federation is costly and complex – and it can be hard to find the scarce specialist skills.
So, to help you achieve the benefits of a federation – and to promote the growth of federations internationally – we’ve created a managed federation service. Our cloud-based service makes it easier to run a federation for your community, opening possibilities while reducing cost and complexity.
The service is designed, developed, and maintained by Jisc – using best-of-breed technology supported by our world-class team of experts. We’ll even be using it ourselves to operate our own federation, one of the world’s largest.
How does the managed federation service help NRENs?
Our managed federation service allows you to:
Easily offer an advanced federation
With our managed federation service, it becomes easier for you to offer an advanced federation service to your members – without requiring the skills and time you would need to deploy and maintain the infrastructure in-house.
Save money compared to in-house deployment
We host and maintain your tenant federation for a single annual fee – which we have kept as attractive as we can, because we want to encourage the take-up of federations around the world.
If you don’t yet have a federation, this means the service offers reduced costs compared to deploying a federation from scratch. It may even enable you to have a federation if you couldn’t before.
If you already have a federation, then you can devote resources to other priorities because you have less infrastructure to maintain.
Offer access to an ecosystem of services
With our federation service, you can offer your members additional features such as:
Seamless integration with Liberate, our cloud-based access management service. This can provide your organisations with an attractive identity provider solution if they need one
Access to the eduGAIN service – through which end users can access content internationally across more than 50 identity federations
Choose your hosting location
We can locate your tenant federation within a Microsoft Azure data centre of your choice, anywhere in the world – helping you comply with regulations and optimise connectivity.
You have the option of retaining full control of your federation’s private key within your own systems.
Benefit from resilience and scalability
You benefit from the resilience and scalability of a globally distributed infrastructure – making the most of the international NREN community’s connectivity with Azure.
Tenant federations can also share some infrastructure components, allowing everyone to benefit from even greater resilience as the service grows.
Trust in an NREN-focused service
At Jisc, we are an NREN in our own right. We have the experience of building one of the world’s largest and most diverse federations, and in the process we strive to keep at the forefront of technology and best practice. This means you can trust us and our expertise.
We also share common goals in advancing education and research, so we’ll offer you opportunities to collaborate on the development of the service.
Launching your own federation
Of course, to set up an attractive federation, you need more than just technology.
You’ll need to promote it among members, support them, and help them make the most of it.
You may already have what you need, but if you have gaps, we can help using our expertise and contacts in global education and research.