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Réseau Téléinformatique de l'Education Nationale et de la Recherche
AbbreviationRESTENA Foundation
Formation27 July 2000
Legal statusFoundation
PurposeEducation and research Internet provider, hosting and related services
HeadquartersLuxembourg, Luxembourg
Region served
Georges Alff
Main organ
Administrative Council

RESTENA (Réseau Téléinformatique de l'Education Nationale et de la Recherche) is the very high speed network for the education and research community of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Operational since 1989 and connected to the global Internet in 1992, the network is today deployed and operated by the RESTENA Foundation. Set up in 2000, the Foundation brings together all types of research and teaching bodies, as well as the Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of Finance. The Foundation also coordinates Internet resources nationally. It operates the domain name registry for the .lu domain, and participates actively in the operations of the Internet exchange point LU-CIX.

Network services[edit]

RESTENA offers eligible institutions and establishments in the field of education, research, culture, health and administration Internet access as well as connectivity to GÉANT and the Luxembourg Internet Exchange. A point-to-point connection service is available for institutions to interconnect remote sites via a virtual private network (VPN); those links are implemented via DWDM lambdas or Ethernet VLAN. Connected institutions can benefit from a range of network management services, such as configuration of data communications equipment and monitoring of the connection facilities between the institution and the national backbone. A secure Web interface allows the institution's connectivity performance to be monitored and evaluated. Service availability (www, mail, etc.) is watched and the status is notified by email or SMS.

The domain name service includes provision of recursive, authoritative DNS servers for all domain names required by the institutions.

The Network Time Protocol service allows synchronising the clocks of all computer and network equipment. This service is available to connected institutions and individual users.

A pool of public IPv4 and IPv6 addresses is available for allocation to connected institutions.

Access services for individuals[edit]

The ADSL service provides continuous, unlimited access at high speeds to all national RESTENA network services, and to the Internet and GÉANT. Dialup access via ISDN or analog modem gives less demanding users access to network services.

The VPN (Virtual Private Network) service provides a secure connection to the network. The service is available to any user connected outside the network wishing to access normally inaccessible intranet services, or external services reserved for RESTENA users.

RESTENA operates the international roaming service eduroam in Luxembourg. eduroam allows users of participating institutions worldwide to access the Internet from any of these institutions using the access credentials obtained from their home institution.

email services[edit]

For institutions RESTENA offers on-line email account management, central spam and virus protection and mailing lists. To individual users RESTENA offers value-added email accounts, Webmail, spam and virus protection and a directory service.[citation needed]

Hosting services[edit]

RESTENA provides a website hosting, which includes hard disk space allocation, ftp access for site updates, databases and statistics of the website visits. In addition it offers a virtual dedicated server service as well as dedicated physical servers located in the secure server rooms of RESTENA.

Security services[edit]

RESTENA-CSIRT is RESTENA's Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT). It supports and coordinates security incident response within the constituency, serves as a trusted point of contact and acts as clearing house for security incident related information, improves awareness and knowledge of IT security among the constituents, and maintains contacts with other CSIRTs and cooperates with national and international CSIRT organisations.[citation needed]

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