Full Title:Data Storage Technologies
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:COMP I8003
 
Credits: 5
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( June 2019 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:This module will examine the importance of information/data storage, technologies and architecture in an ever-changing IT environment. Students will gain a comprehensive understanding of the various storage technologies and devices as well as an evaluation of data storage concepts and architecture. Students will plan design and implement a backup strategy while incorporating key concepts such as redundancy, replication and de-duplication. Examining cloud based data storage architecture and security in the evolving world of Virtualization storage technologies.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Evaluate host-based storage devices and volume management.
  2. Design centralised shared storage architectures to meet functional requirements and capacity, reliability and performance targets.
  3. Provision onsite data storage infrastructures for virtualised, private and public-cloud environments.
  4. Manage storage infrastructure on an ongoing basis to provide secure highly-available environment.
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Storage Devices
Components, interfacing, performance and reliability of mechanical and solid state drives. Tape-based storage: role suitability, interfacing and capacity calculations. Hybrid Drives.
Host-based storage
Host Bus Adapter interfaces; file system responsibilities; SMART disk monitoring; application-specific RAID configurations; thick/thin provisioning; partitioning schemes: logical volume management; LVM-based software RAID; hot spare configuration; pooled storage configurations; boot-related issues; combined volume management and filesystems.
Shared storage architectures
Differentiation of SAN and NAS environments. Motivators for centralising storage in data centre environments. IP SAN configurations using iSCSI. Target+LUN provisioning, initiator setup. IP storage network design considerations. Shared targets & clustered filesystems. Fibre Channel and FCoE SAN. Diskless boot-from-SAN. Regulatory issues in shared storage environments
High-availability
Data centre storage environment; encryption; strategic security considerations; space optimisation; compression; deduplication, multi-site distributed SAN replication; failover; disaster recovery; backup schemes for SAN-based storage.
Virtualised environments
Storage configurations for virtualised hosts; SAN-backed hypervisor storage. Storage configurations for virtualised hosts; SAN-backed hypervisor storage; contrast onsite and cloud storage provision; integration of onsite and cloud storage providers and consumers;
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Lab-based problem-solving assessments 1,2 20.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Continuous Assessment Design project 2,3,4 40.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-Of-Semester Exam 1,2,3,4 40.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment Lab-based problem-solving assessments 1,2 20.00 0 0 Week 6 0
Continuous Assessment Design project 2,3,4 40.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Formal Exam End-Of-Semester Exam 1,2,3,4 40.00 0 0 End-of-Semester 0
Reassessment Requirement
A repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 1x 1h lecture per week 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical 1x 2h lab per week 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study - 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading - 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 1x 1h lecture per week 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Practical 1x 2h lab per week 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study - 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Directed Reading - 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 8.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Resources
Recommended Book Resources
  • EMC Education Services 2012, Information Storage and Management: Storing, Managing, and Protecting Digital Information in Classic, Virtualized, and Cloud Environments, Second Edition Ed., John Wiley & Sons [ISBN: 9781118236963]
  • Nigel Poulton 2014, Data Storage Networking [ISBN: 978-1-4920-05]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
This module does not have any other resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_ICCDC_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Computing in Cloud and Data Centre Operations 2 Mandatory
DK_ICFCC_8 Certificate in Foundations of Cloud Computing 2 Mandatory