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SOFT8019 - Data Centre Virtualisation

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Title:Data Centre Virtualisation
Long Title:Data Centre Virtualisation
Module Code:SOFT8019
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Computer Software
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2017/18 ( September 2017 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: TIM HORGAN
Module Author: Eoin ORegan
Module Description: This module explores the role of virtualisation in Information Technology (IT) enterprises, in the consolidation of modern data centres and in the evolution of cloud computing. Data centres consist of the infrastructure used by enterprises to house the computer, server and networking systems required to satisfy the company's IT requirements. Students will learn how to create, configure & manage a virtualised data centre.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Identify and describe the challenges and latest trends in data centre virtualisation.
LO2 Design and create a virtual data centre environment.
LO3 Discuss the requirements for implementing network access to storage in virtualised data centre environments.
LO4 Manage and troubleshoot a virtual data centre environment.
LO5 Evaluate the basics of securing the virtual 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
The Evolution and challenges of Data Centres
The evolution of computing infrastructures and architectures from stand-alone servers to rack optimised blade servers, unified computing systems (UCS) & virtual data centre (VDC). How server, desktop & network virtualisation along with cloud computing reduce data centre footprint, environmental impact and power requirements by driving server consolidation.
Data Centre Virtualisation
Provision, monitoring and management of a virtual data centre and multiple enterprise-level virtual servers and virtual machines through software management interfaces.
Networking and Storage in Enterprise Virtualised Environments
Connectivity to storage area and IP networks from within virtualised environments using industry standard protocols. Network scalability with distributed switches.
Managing Virtual Environments
Monitoring, optimisation and troubleshooting; includes servers, storage, networking and virtual machines. Introduces concepts such as migration methodologies, high availability, redundancy and disaster recovery, scalability and scheduling.
Security
Securing the hypervisor, virtual machines and virtual network. Protecting the management environment.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Short Answer Questions Assessment of students' understanding of challenges and trends in data centre virtualisation, and the requirements for implementing network access to storage in a virtualised data centre. 1,3 30.0 Week 6
Written Report Lab report on a small scale data centre virtualisation project. This includes analysis, design and implementation. 2,3,5 30.0 Week 10
Practical/Skills Evaluation Examination of students' ability to complete a series of virtualisation tasks, previously practised in the lab, and underpinning the theoretical material. 2,3,4,5 40.0 Week 12
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 Virtualisation labs. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student project work and study. 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 Virtualisation labs. 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student project work and study. 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
  • Nick Marshall, Grant Orchard, Josh Atwell, Scott Lowe 2015, Mastering VMware vSphere 6, 1st Ed., Sybex [ISBN: 9781118925157]
  • Scott Lowe, Forbes Guthrie 2013, VMware vSphere Design, 2nd Ed., Sybex [ISBN: 9781118407912]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Mickey Iqbal 2010, IT Virtualization Best Practices: A Lean, Green Virtualized Data Center Approach, MC Press [ISBN: 9781583473542]
  • Jason Kappel, Anthony Velte, Toby Velte 2009, Microsoft Virtualization with Hyper-V: Manage Your Datacenter with Hyper-V, Virtual PC, Virtual Server, and Application Virtualization, McGraw-Hill Education [ISBN: 9780071614030]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_KITMN_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in IT Management 5 Mandatory
CR_KITSP_7 Bachelor of Science in Information Technology 5 Mandatory

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