Luxembourg: eGovernment Services with IPv6

The Luxembourg pilot focuses on the transition to IPv6 of a private cloud that can be used internally by governments or for public services. A private cloud is generally operated for a single organization. IPv6 enabled clouds are the infrastructure of the future, and the public sector should benefit from its use. The output of the pilot will be a set of guidelines for governments on how to perform the transition, as well as tools for checking security/configurability properties of cloud services at network level.

The Luxembourg pilot is based on the open-source software called OpenStack. OpenStack is one of the most popular cloud distribution and a massively scalable cloud operating system, currently used by actors such as the US Department of Energy, San Diego Supercomputer Center, Intel, Cisco WebEx, or PayPal. In terms of IPv6, OpenStack supports IPv6 but provides little help in how to configure its use. With GEN6, UL will deliver a methodology for IPv6 transition that governments can use to migrate in-house cloud services, without losing their existing autonomy. The resulting methodology and guidelines will contribute to the global community as well.

A use-case of the Luxembourg pilot is the support for the infrastructure for the May 2014 North Rhine Westfalia elections in Germany, in collaboration with Citkomm. The aim is to show to the government running an election that with the assurance offered by cloud services, critical applications of public interest can be highly available when faced with a large demand. Such cloud services can be either in-house or external. This GEN6 pilot can show how to expand to a cloud platform from a restricted local application, for government services that seek cloud computing support.