Cloud Fundamentals

Digital Technologies:Unit 7 (T/618/4883)

The phrase ‘it’s in the cloud’ has become ubiquitous in computing over the last few years and has revolutionised the way we use computer services. The ability to store both data and services in a remote location on the internet has meant that availability has widened considerably as virtual services have proliferated. The growth in cloud adoption presents challenges for companies to source cloud expertise to support their business, particularly small- and medium-sized enterprises with limited resources, which means that people skilled in cloud technologies are in high demand. The ability to access applications, storage, printing, server functions and data from almost anywhere on almost any type of device has become the expectation rather than the exception. The ability to scale computing resources in direct relation to demand has reduced the need to purchase and maintain central computing resources significantly.

This unit is designed to develop an understanding of the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and cloud deployment models, and the need for cloud computing. Students will develop an appreciation of the issues associated with managing cloud service architecture and develop critical awareness of the ramifications of cloudcomputing-based projects. Topics included in the unit are: the paradigms of networking, fundamentals of cloud computing, cloud computing architecture and frameworks, deployment models, service models, security, cloud specific technology, and review of Cloud Service Providers (CSPs).

On successful completion of this unit, students will understand the concept, architecture, and services of cloud computing. As a result, they will develop skills such as communication literacy, critical thinking, analysis, reasoning and interpretation, which are crucial for gaining employment and developing academic competence. This unit is designed to be studied as the first unit in the Cloud Computing qualifications as it explains the fundamentals of cloud computing and its infrastructure.

Learning Outcomes
  • LO1 Examine the fundamentals of cloud computing in relation to areas of application, architecture and platform
  • LO2 Design a deployment model to be hosted in the cloud for a given scenario
  • LO3 Explain different Cloud Service Providers’ (CSPs) approaches to providing a cloud architecture framework for business use
  • LO4 Assess the technical challenges and risks inherent in moving IT systems to the cloud.