MAP603 - Introduction to Cloud Computing

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Subject Title
Introduction to Cloud Computing

Subject Description
Gain a solid understanding of cloud computing concepts including fundamental technologies, architecture, design and security.

Credit Status
1 Professional Option Credit for CNS/CTY Diploma Program

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Identify Cloud Computing key costs and caveats
  2. Describe several Cloud Computing  Service Models
  3. Describe several  Cloud Computing Deployment Models
  4. Identify key Virtualization technologies
  5. Architect high availability and resilient Multi-Tiered Cloud Solutions
  6. Describe the security concerns in Cloud Comptui9ng
  7. Identify and explain the AWS core Cloud technologies
  8. Identify and explain the AWS Cloud Services
  9. Explain the Disaster Recovery Solutions for Cloud computing to meet business objectives

Essential Employability Skills
Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly in the written, spoken and visual form that fulfils the purpose and meets the needs of the audience.

Respond to written, spoken, or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.

Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Use a variety of thinking skills to anticipate and solve problems.

Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.

Analyze, evaluate, and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

Take responsibility for one's own actions, decisions, and consequences.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

CIS701 and INT420

Topic Outline
What is Cloud Computing?
• Introduction
• What is Cloud Computing?
• Why Cloud Computing?
• Dynamic Resource Allocation and Resource Pooling
• On-Demand Resource Provisioning and Elasticity
• Cloud Enabling Technologies
• From Mainframe to Cloud
• Economy of Scale
• Utility Computing
• Taxonomy of Cloud Computing and Standards
• Cloud Computing Use Cases
• Cloud Taxonomy
• Cloud Reference Architecture
• Cloud ontology
• Cloud Standard Roadmap
• SOA and Cloud

Cloud Computing models
• Cloud Service Models
• IaaS – Infrastructure as a Service
• PaaS – Platform as a Service
• SaaS – Software as Service
• XaaS – X as a Service
- Storage/Database as a service
- Communications as a service (CaaS):
- Network as a service (NaaS):
- Monitoring as a service (MaaS):
- Hardware as a Service (HaaS):
• Cloud Deployment Models
- Public Cloud
- Private Cloud
- Community Cloud
- Hybrid Cloud
• Cloud Use Cases

Virtualization in Cloud Computing
• What is Virtualization?
• Virtualized Hardware
• Network Virtualization
- VLAN and Trunking (Link Aggregation)
- EtherChannel
- Port Teaming (Port Bounding)
- VPN (Virtual Private Network):
- Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
- Virtual Switch System (VSS)
- Virtual Device Context (VDC)
• Storage Area Networks (SAN)
- Storage Virtualization
• Server and OS virtualization
-  Server hardware and related technologies
-  VMM and Operating Systems
- Full Virtualization
- Para-virtualization
- Hardware assisted virtualization
- Container Virtualization
- Hardware Partitioning
- VMM and Multi-*
• Virtualization in Software
- Multi Tenancy
- Middleware virtualization
- Application Code virtualization
- DB virtualization
• Virtualization and Operational Processes
-  Governance in the Cloud
-  Self Provisioning
-  Capacity management
-  Performance management

Cloud Networking 
• Corporate Firewalls and Cloud Deployments Models
• Data Center Network Architecture and Cloud Adoptions
• DC Interconnected Networks (DCIN)
- Connectivity in layer 
- Connection in layer 2
- Connection in Layer 3
• Commodity Switches
• Design Patterns
• Project California and I/O Convergence
• Cisco Network Virtualization Technologies
- VMware and Cisco
- Cisco Data Center Architecture
- Nexus Hardware Architecture
- Nexus Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
- Nexus Layer 2 & Layer 3 LAN Switching
- Nexus Virtual Port Channels (vPCs)
- Nexus Fabric Path
- Unified Computing System (UCS)

Amazon Web Services (AWS)
• What is AWS?
• What are AWS Services
• Exploring the foundation services, components within application platform services and tools for management and administration
• Physical locations within the global infrastructure
• Instantiating and Configuring an EC2 Server and launching in on the EC2
• Managing EC2 instances from the console
• Building a Cloud Application with Platform Services

Big Data and MapReduce

Applications of Cloud:
• MobileMe
• Zoho
• GoogleDoc
• OnlineBackup
• MS Office Live
• Web Conferencing and Collaboration
• Google Wave

Cloud Security

Introduction to Cloud eco systems
• OpenStack
• CloudStack
• Eucalyptus

PaaS: Introduction Google AppEngine

PaaS: Google AppEngine programming

Mode of Instruction
Classroom lectures and discussions are supplemented by lab sessions with the instructor, reinforced by assigned readings and assignments between classes.
It is the student's responsibility to save documents, articles and notes that the instructor has provided on BlackBoard or in class. Students will not be able to access BlackBoard as of the last day of the students class.

Prescribed Texts
Students will be required to register in LinuxAcademy 

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online ( or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

8 Lab Assignments @ 5% each 40%
Midterm 20%
Final Exam (Practical 20% + Written 20% 40%
Total 100%

Approved by: Denis Gravelle