Identity Evangelist, Internet2
Internet identity has its roots in the research community, much as did the original internet. And, in similar fashion, the move of internet identity from serving the research community it was started in into a global ubiquitous infrastructure has resulted in a broad utility that has less focus on the scholarly mission. Now, attention is returning to enabling collaboration again. Moreover, in the new landscape of network and cloud leveraged research, there are now more layers of academic infrastructure, to be managed seamlessly and together. A collaboration community may want to share resources as diverse as wikis, data sets, network bandwidth, and computing cloud and storage with demanding performance and security needs, all in a consistent fashion. As the collaboration stack gets deeper, the coherent management of it gets harder. Both campuses and cloud service providers are beginning to address these management needs. The two approaches are very different but face similar challenges: compliance with sensitive data, inter-cloud usage, and last but not least, the complicated politics and funding of academic research. This talk will discuss the increasing complexity and depth of the collaboration stack and how campuses and cloud service providers are approaching this management.