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Cloud Computing Architecture PG (11527.2)

Level: Postgraduate Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Science and Technology
Discipline: Academic Program Area - Technology

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For the remainder of 2020, resulting from Australian Government's directives requiring physical distancing and restrictions on movement because of the COVID-19 pandemic, any exams that are required for assessment in a unit will be online exams. Online exams may also use online proctoring to help assure the academic integrity of those exams. Please contact your unit convener with any questions.

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Syllabus

Cloud Computing Architecture is a field of study focused on the design of architectural solutions for cloud computing-based environments, which are inherently distributed and service-based. Among others, cloud-based solutions must consider connectivity, latency and bandwidth constraints, quality attributes such as availability and performance, and non-technical aspects such as pricing and SLAs (Service-Level Agreements).

This unit will focus on the practices and technologies required to architect and deploy secure and robust applications on cloud-provisioned environments, with the aim best leveraging the available cloud resources. Among others, students will learn how to design architectures to achieve high availability, scalability (including auto scaling), infrastructure automation (infrastructure as software), decoupling, and web-scale storage. The main pillars of Cloud Computing Architecture will also be addressed: security, reliability, performance efficiency and cost optimisation. The ultimate goal is to design cloud-based solutions using appropriate architectural design principles and best practices to address customer requirements and deliver quality cloud-based solutions.

Students will have hands-on experience using computing, networking, storage, and database services provided by some of the top cloud providers worldwide, as well as hands-on experience with the deployment and management of cloud services.

This unit will be co-taught with 11368 Cloud Computing Architecture (UG).

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Understand cloud computing architectural principles, constraints, and best practices;

2. Design cloud-based solutions using appropriate architectural design principles and best practices to address customer requirements and deliver quality cloud-based solutions;

3. Design architectures to achieve high availability, scalability (including auto scaling), infrastructure automation (infrastructure as software), decoupling, and web-scale storage;

4. Design architectures based on the main pillars of Cloud Computing: security, reliability, performance efficiency and cost optimisation; and

5. Develop high quality cloud-based architectural solutions for professional software systems.

Contact Hours

Twenty-four hours of lectures and twenty-two hours of hands-on practical tutorial classes on campus per semester.

Prerequisites

Must have passed 24 credit points.

Corequisites

None.

Assumed Knowledge

Basic network engineering, basic security and support in IT.

Incompatible Units

11368 Cloud Computing Architecture

Equivalent Units

None.


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