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ZV 4: Information Technology

Michael Goltz
Robert Moser

The unit for Information Technology (IT) takes care of the essential information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure required to process tasks relevant for the institute’s work. Continually furthering the development of this infrastructure within the scope of the institute’s changing demands, keeping pace with technological innovations and operating the systems are vital tasks. The ongoing development of the ICT infrastructure is also subject to stipulations by Germany’s Federal Ministry of Health (Bundesministerium für Gesundheit BMG) with the aim of harmonising and consolidating ICT. The IT unit must also comply with Germany’s federal administration guidelines.

Among the constant challenges faced by the unit is guaranteeing IT security while simultaneously fulfilling the scientific need to transfer data and information within Germany and abroad.

The unit also equips workstations with stationary and mobile PC systems, supplies software for them all and manages them centrally. Among the available software are the classic office applications as well as special applications, e.g. for laboratory research, bioinformatics or statistics. Many laboratory devices are also controlled by their own PC systems. Employees at the institute can get technical assistance at a central user help desk, which is run on a ticket system. Modern architectures and technologies are used for networks, servers and storage systems. The focus here is on flexibility, scalability, economical operation and meeting high demands on availability. Various virtualisation technologies are also being applied.

All the RKI’s locations are linked together via the institute’s central IT system network. For both data and voice communication, the institute’s network is connected to the Federal Government’s network. There are additional connections to the German National Research and Education Network (Verein zur Förderung eines Deutschen Forschungsnetzes DfN).

The unit’s administrative responsibilities also include managing contracts and licenses, economic assessment and project management in the area of ICT.

Date: 12.06.2017