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Univention Summit 2016

Around 250 participants met from January 21-22, 2016 in Bremen at the annual Univention Summitto network, to exchange information about current technology trends and to initiate new projects. The Univention Summit 2016 took place this year under the motto of "Be open. Build success" takes place and ScaleUp was also there. In the following we have our impressions of the Univention Summit 2016 briefly summarized.

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Peter Ganten, CEO of Univention, also spoke about the topic of "cloud provider location" in his keynote on the topic of "Trust through open ecosystems". According to last year's Cloud Monitor study by Bitkom and KPMG, 75 percent of cloud users insist that the data center and headquarters of the cloud provider be located in Germany.1.

Another important requirement is integration capability, which, according to Peter Ganten, is best enabled by the openness of the solution or platform, since all interfaces are known here through the open source code.

Peter Ganten also addressed the hotly debated topic of security, such as the NSA wiretapping scandal. His recipe: more encryption and more open source. Because, according to Peter Ganten,

"Trust can only exist where control is possible at any time by anyone."

And this is exactly where open source software is currently the only way to enable more secure and trustworthy IT infrastructures through openness.2.

The other presentations dealt, for example, with technical innovations of the Univention Platform and the Univention Corporate Server (UCS). This year, for example, the UCS is to be further expanded into a combined app and cloud platform, via which customers will also be able to purchase software licenses. Via the cloud platform, UCS users can easily download, install, maintain and manage usage rights for software solutions from various manufacturers. An important goal of Univention for 2016 is to significantly increase the number of apps available in the App Center.

The integration of Docker for the deployment of apps in UCS was presented as a technical innovation. Among other things, this serves to minimize or eliminate the dependencies of the various software apps on each other during their continuous further development.

In this context, it should be mentioned that ScaleUp has already provided a UCS 4.1 server image for OpenStack. Feel free to contact us about this if you are interested in using it.

Our conclusion:

Overall, the Univention Summit 2016 was a very successful and worthwhile event due to the variety of topics and expert contributions. Not to forget the many interesting conversations that arose during and between the presentations and discussions with interested participants. Univention Summit 2017? We are happy to be there again.

Referenced Sources:
1) Requirements for cloud providers and data security, Bitkom Study 2015 (commissioned by KPMG), page 32:
2) Keynote Script, Peter Ganten:


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