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COMH9003 - Data Centre Networking

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Title:Data Centre Networking
Long Title:Data Centre Networking
Module Code:COMH9003
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Expert
Field of Study: Computer Hardware
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TIM HORGAN
Module Author: Eoin ORegan
Module Description: Data Centres are critical to the success of Cloud Computing. More and more Data Centres are being built due to immense growth in data volumes, internet connected devices, and applications/services. These Data Centres are delivering unprecedented levels of computing density and energy efficiency. This module covers the key technologies in modern Data Centre Networking.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Critically discuss data centre networking architectures and infrastructure.
LO2 Design the physical and networking infrastructures for a modern data centre.
LO3 Build and configure a complex routed and switched data centre network.
LO4 Explore the implementation of networking solutions in a virtualised environment.
LO5 Manage and secure the operations of a vitualised data centre.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.
No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Architectures & Infrastructure
Physical components of a data centre. Data centre architecture and network topologies. Server architectures, stand-alone, blades, stateless, clustering, scaling, optimisation, virtualisation. Limitations of traditional server deployments; modern solutions. Applications; database, finance etc. Requirements for modern data centers, high availability and Service Orientated Infrastructures (SOI). Modern data centre use case studies.
Data Centre Design
Design for flexibility, scalability, environmental control, electrical power, flooring, fire protection, security, network infrastructure. Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Data Centre Networking fit out (e.g. Top of Rack, End of Row, PUE etc). Data Centre standards; TIA/EIA-942. Structured cabling standards, fibre and copper cabling characteristics, cable management, bandwidth requirements, I/O connectivity. Redundant Layer 2 and Layer 3 designs. Case studies.
Data Centre Networking
VLANs, STP, HSRP, LACP, IP Addressing. TRILL (Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links), RBridges, IEEE 802.1Qbg Edge Virtual Bridging, 802.1Qbh Bridge Port Extension. Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) vs Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI). Data Center Bridging (DCB); priority-based flow control, congestion notification, enhanced transmission selection, Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX). Layer 2 Multicasting. Case studies.
Virtualisation, Security, Management & Operations
Virtualising the Network; VLANs, VRFs, VDCs, MLAG, VSS, vPC, qFabric. Virtual machine networking; vSwitch, dvSwitch, Nexus 1000v. Data Centre Network Security; Firewalls, DDoS, IPS, WAF. Network Management and Automation; SNMP, NETCONF, APIs. Software Defined Networking; Openflow, Overlays, Network Virtualisation.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Other An example project would be to design a data centre physical and networking infrastructure based on customer requirements or using a case study as an example. 1,2,4 40.0 Week 10
Project An example project would be to build, configure and manage a data centre to ensure it operates securely and efficiently. 3,4,5 60.0 Sem End
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
Coursework Only
This module is reassessed solely on the basis of re-submitted coursework. There is no repeat written examination.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab to support content delivered. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent student learning. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture underpinning learning outcomes. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Lab to support content delivered. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Independent student learning. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Kevin Corbin, Ron Fuller, David Jansen 2010, NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching: Next-Generation Data Center Architectures, Cisco Press [ISBN: 9781587058929]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Silvano Gai, Claudio DeSanti 2009, I/O Consolidation in the Data Center, Cisco Press [ISBN: 9781587058882]
  • Silvano Gai, Tommi Salli, Roger Andersson 2010, Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Press [ISBN: 9781587141935]
  • Nash Darukhanawalla, Patrice Bellagamba 2009, Interconnecting Data Centers Using VPLS, Cisco Press [ISBN: 9781587059926]
  • Robert W. Kembel, Roger Cummings (Introduction) 1998, The Fibre Channel Consultant: A Comprehensive Introduction, Northwest Learning Assoc [ISBN: 0931836840]
  • Robert Kembel 2001, Fiber Channel Switched Fabric, Northwest Learning Assoc [ISBN: 0931836719]
  • John L. Hufferd 2003, ISCSI: The Universal Storage Connection: The Universal Storage Connection, Addison-Wesley Boston [ISBN: 978-0201784190]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KCLDC_9 Master of Science in Cloud Computing 1 Mandatory

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