You can count on us: The Heidelberg University Computing Centre (URZ)


The Heidelberg University Computing Centre (German abbreviation: URZ) is the central IT service provider in all aspects of information and communication technology (ICT). Our customers are students, scientists and employees: We offer them access to a broad range of IT services, we supervise and advise them on using those services. The URZ is a contact point for questions and problem reports concerning IT matters. Further tasks of the URZ are the training of university members in using these services, the acquisition of hardware and software and the installation of computer systems.

As an innovation leader, the Computing Centre strives for pioneering technologies, thus supporting the research of Heidelberg´s scientists of today and tomorrow. Cornerstones of these activities are, among others, extensive projects dealing with the following focuses:

  • energy efficiency of IT infrastructure
  • cloud computing in order to extend a virtualized server concept for institutes
  • supply of premium storage on a petabyte scale and the constant optimization of our backup facilities and of our communication network.

In cooperation with research institutions and with the industry on a federal state level as well as nationally and internationally, we contribute to the consistent improvement of the overall setup in the area of IT for research and teaching.

Led by Prof. Dr. Vincent Heuveline, around 90 employees work at the Computing Centre. Divided into the three service units „Campus & Cloud“, „Future IT - Research & Education“ und „Service, Support & Security“, we offer a broad range of IT competence. Furthermore, the Computing Centre has an administrative office which acts as a central contact point for internal and external business processes. In the areas of IT security, IT planning and strategy, the management of the URZ is supported by two dedicated staff sections. Assisted by a data protection officer, our aim is to guarantee the availability of data, services and applications and to ensure the integrity and confidentiality of those data.

On our web pages, you will find information about our numerous offers, you can call on our broad support in case of problems, and you will learn more about our services. An Excellence University builds on excellent IT. Thus, our motto is: „You can count on us!“

Responsible: Prof. Dr. Vincent Heuveline
Direktor des Rechenzentrums
Latest Revision: 2015-11-24
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