There are many different AAI (Authentication and Authorisation Infrastructure) systems in use, all of which control access to networks and applications and ensure the secure movement of information within networks. It is currently necessary for organisations to join one another’s federation in order to establish the relationship necessary to exchange information across these systems.
Enabling easy and convenient access to end users is a key part of delivering a GÉANT service. The service operator does not want the headaches associated with issuing passwords to users, and the user does not want yet another password to add to his/her collection.
Across Europe there are currently 19 federations with approximately 1,500 identity providers and 500 service providers. These are usually nationally organised with no default connectivity between them. Furthermore, standards vary between these providers.
eduGAIN provides an efficient, flexible way for participating federations to interconnect