This unit provides an in-depth analysis of cloud computing systems. It addresses concepts related to parallel computing and distributed systems. It presents contemporary cloud infrastructures, interrogates how they are being deployed at leading companies such as Amazon, Google and Apple, and their application in fields such as healthcare, banking and science. Furthermore it discusses how to successfully deploy a cloud application across the enterprise using virtualization, resource management and networking support, with content delivery networks and storage area networks.

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NIT5110 - Networking Systems

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Devise and defend innovative solutions to complex problems by utilising cloud computing systems;  
  2. Simulate and verify a proposed new cloud computing system design; and  
  3. Extrapolate systems and processes related to cloud computing which can be applied in a variety of contexts.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Lab Assignment (2000 words in total) 20%
Assignment Project Assignment (3000 words) 30%
Examination Final Examination (2 hours) 50%

Required reading

Cloud Computing: Theory and Practice 1st ed.
Dan C. Marinescu, (2013)
Morgan Kaufmann

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