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25. IT managers meeting Hochfranken: Cloud computing in the focus of discussion

Norbert Schug, one of the founding fathers of the event, went into well-deserved retirement at the last IT managers’ meeting in Hochfranken. Florian Pöhner from the company Lamilux, his successor in the organizational team of the meeting, now introduced himself to the participants. The most recent exchange of IT experts at the Institute for Information Systems at Hof University of Applied Sciences (iisys) focused on the topics of hybrid cloud, hyperscalers and digital workplace issues.

The new organizational team of the IT managers’ meeting: Prof. Dr. René Peinl (Head of the Institute for Information Systems at Hof University of Applied Sciences (iisys), Grit Götz (Assistant to the Head of the Institute iisys) and Florian Pöhner (Lamilux);

A professional exchange and discussion of current problems in the field of information technology – that’s what it’s all about when IT managers from regional companies meet twice a year at the Institute for Information Systems at Hof University of Applied Sciences (iisys). After the welcome by iisys institute director Prof. Dr. René Peinl, Florian Pöhner, the new IT manager of the company Lamilux, was welcomed as Norbert Schug’s successor. The latter had repeatedly provided enormous support in organizing the IT managers’ meeting over a period of 12 years. Florian Pöhner himself thanked for the friendly welcome and was looking forward to the upcoming task.

Afterwards, the participants were able to pick up useful tips on the topic of cloud computing. Traditionally, three specialist topics are dealt with in more detail in lecture form at the IT managers’ meeting in Hochfranken:

Andreas Kroack and Stefan Sörensen from Medialine AG dealt with the broad field of hybrid cloud – i.e. the combination of using private and public cloud computing services – in their presentation “With Azure Stack HCI to the Modern Data Center – a comparison of architectures”. Stefan Meier from netlogix GmbH & Co KG posed the question of whether it always has to be the hyperscaler. A hyperscaler is a provider of IT resources based on cloud computing whose resources can be scaled horizontally to a high degree (examples are Amazon Webservices (AWS), Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud). Thousands of servers and storage systems are often interconnected via high-performance networks. He used the example of an IaaS (“Infrastructure as a service”) customer project to shed light on the topic of IT outsourcing. Finally, Joachim Seidel, representing ProComp Professional Computer GmbH, spoke about the digital workplace of the future.

After the presentations, the topics were further deepened in stimulating discussions at a “get-together”. The next IT leaders meeting at Hof University of Applied Sciences is planned for spring 2023.

Rainer Krauß

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