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Project Moonshot is a Janet-led initiative, in partnership with the GÉANT project and others, to develop a single unifying technology for extending the benefits of federated identity to a broad range of non-Web services, including Cloud infrastructures, High Performance Computing & Grid infrastructures and other commonly deployed services including mail, file store, remote access and instant messaging. The goal of the technology is to enable the management of access to a broad range of services and applications, using a single technology and infrastructure. This is expected to significantly improve the delivery of these services by providing users with a common single sign-on, for both internal and external services. Service providers will be able to more easily offer their services to users from other organisations using a single common authentication mechanism. This will enhance the user’s experience, and reduce costs for those organisations supporting users, and delivering services to them. This group is for community of Moonshot users, whether you're new to the technology, you're currently evaluating and getting to grips with it, or you've deployed it. For the list of guidance available about Moonshot within this group, see the Start Here wiki page. Jisc Assent, the production service underpinned by the Moonshot technology, went live on 25th March 2015. For information on, or to join the Jisc Assent service, please visit

TERENA Networking Conference 2012

6 September 2013 at 5:06pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 - 12:45
Reykjavík, Iceland

David Orrell, Senior Architect Access and Identity Management at Eduserv presented on Moonshot-enabled Federated Access to Cloud Infrastructure as part of the 'It's all about scale' session.

Abstract: Managing cloud infrastructure across many organisations can be complex. One area of complexity is in the management of identities. These include identities of people who build and provision cloud infrastructure, as well as the end consumers of the services running on it. Eduserv is building a cloud for the UK education community. This session shows how we are tackling the problems of identity provision to cloud infrastructure using federated login. Our approach uses traditional SAML login to a web-based console to manage infrastructure, as well as Moonshot-enabled login to infrastructure. This means we can achieve end-to-end management of cloud infrastructure from provisioning right through to access to services, using solely federated credentials. The result is the ability to rapidly scale infrastructure, while knowing that the right people can seamlessly gain access to it. The session discusses our experiences of building and managing clouds using VMWare vCloud, as well as how we are using Mooshot now, and its potential for the future.



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