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This assessment item requires you to produce a short report by investigating and advising a company on some key topics and aspects of the use of virtualisation technologies.

Note: answering these questions will help you build a solid base for your next assessment item. You must also provide references in your report using the APA 7th edition style of referencing. A guide to the use of APA referencing can be found in the Interact Resources section. Task

SoftArc Engineering is a civil engineering firm company which works across Australia as well as in Indonesia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea. SoftArc Engineering currently has a small self-managed data centre that has the following servers:

  • 2 x Active Directory domain controllers on Windows Server 2012 R2, (2 x Xeon 3.6GHZ, 8GB RAM, 140GB HDD). These servers are used for authentication and authorisation;
  • 3 x SQL Server 11.0 (2012) database servers on Windows Server 2012 (2 x Xeon 2.8GHZ, 4GB RAM, 500GB RAID-5 array). These servers are used for database operations for Active Directory, Exchange, SharePoint and their Client Design application;
  • 1 x Exchange 2013 email server on Windows Server 2012 R2 (2 x Xeon 3.6GHZ, 8GB RAM, 250GB RAID-1 array);
  • 4 x Windows Server 2016 File and Print servers (2 x Xeon 2.8GHZ, 4GB RAM, 250GB RAID-1 array);
  • 1 x SharePoint 2013 server on Windows Server 2012 R2 (2 x Xeon 3.6GHZ, 16GB RAM, 250GB RAID-1 array);
  • 1 x Client Design and CRM application server on Windows Server 2016 (2 x Xeon 3.6GHZ, 8GB RAM, 250GB RAID-1 array);
  • 2 x Red Hat Enterprise Linux v7.1 (2015) servers running Apache TomCat v. 7.0 (2 x Xeon 2.8GHZ, 16GB RAM, 140GB HDD).
  • 1 x Cisco 5505 ASA Firewall v9.3 (2014) the board of SoftArc Engineering knows that their core competency is civil engineering and design, along with their understanding of their customers and their requirements. They have been advised to retire most of their old physical servers and start moving their operations onto a virtual platform. You have been employed to advise the board on various aspects of virtualisation.

The board wants a report from you that answers the following questions: 1) You have to explain to the board the role that Virtualisation plays in the current data centre environment. You must research and explain:
1.How will virtualisation assist SoftArc Engineering to improve operations in their Data Centre? What is the difference between on-premise virtualization and ‘The Cloud’? Provide supporting references for your report. (20 marks)
2.What are the minimum infrastructure requirements that SoftArc Engineering will need to consider before starting to implement a virtualisation solution in their Data Centre? Provide supporting references for your report. (20 marks)
3.Provide one example of an organisation using these technologies and show its relevance to SoftArc. (10 marks)
4.Your answer for this section should be between 800 – 1000 words and address the points in the marking rubric.
2)You will need to explain to the Board how you can achieve better efficiency and use of resources by using virtualisation. You will need to explain:
1.What is the difference in efficiency between a hardware server and a virtual server? Provide supporting references for your answer. (10 marks)
2.What should be considered when deciding to virtualise a server? Why do you consider these points important? Provide supporting references for your answer. (10 marks)
3.Your answer for this section should be between 400 – 500 words and address the points in the marking rubric.
3)A virtual appliance is a key concept in the virtualisation world. There are currently many hundreds (probably thousands) of virtual appliances available for use.

  1. Explain the differences between a virtual server and a virtual appliance to the Board. Provide supporting references for your answer. (10 marks)
  2. SoftArc Engineering has been offered the chance to upgrade their current hardware-based Cisco ASA 5505 firewall to a Cisco ASA 5500-X Virtual Appliance firewall. Would you recommend this approach to SoftArc Engineering? Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this approach. Provide supporting references for your answer. (20 marks)
  3. Your answer to this section should be between 400 – 500 words. RATIONALE
    This assessment task will assess the following learning outcome/s:

be able to communicate the importance of different virtualisation technologies for X86 and Unix based platforms.
be able to evaluate which virtualisation technology should be used in a given set of requirements.
be able to communicate the essentials of network and storage virtualisation.
be able to discuss and evaluate the requirements for effective Virtual Machine (VM) management.

MARKING CRITERIA AND STANDARDS

Assessment Rubric

Question HD DI CR PS FL
1.1 How will Virtualisation assist SoftArc? (20 marks) A thorough discussion of the role of virtualisation within SoftArc, with a concise and detailed comparison of the cloud vs on-prem A detailed discussion of the role of virtualisation within SoftArc, with a concise and accurate comparison of the cloud vs on-prem A good discussion of the role of virtualisation within SoftArc, with an accurate comparison of the cloud vs on-prem Adequate discussion of the role of virtualisation within SoftArc, with a mostly accurate comparison of the cloud vs on-prem Inadequate or incomplete discussion of the role of virtualisation within SoftArc
1.2 Minimum infrastructure requirements for SoftArc to Virtualise (20 marks) Thorough discussion of the minimum infrastructure requirements required for virtualisation within SoftArc
Detailed discussion of the minimum infrastructure requirements required for virtualisation within SoftArc
Good discussion of the minimum infrastructure requirements required for virtualisation within SoftArc
Adequate discussion of the minimum infrastructure requirements required for virtualisation within SoftArc
Inadequate or incomplete discussion of the minimum infrastructure requirements required for virtualisation within SoftArc
1.3 Example of virtualisation (10 marks) Excellent example of the use of virtualisation that shows relevance to SoftArc Very good example of the use of virtualisation that shows relevance to SoftArc
Good example of the use of virtualisation that shows some relevance to SoftArc
Adequate example of the use of virtualisation that shows some relevance to SoftArc
Inadequate example of the use of virtualisation that shows little or no relevance to SoftArc

  1. 1 Efficiency differences virtual vs hardware (10 marks) A thorough discussion of the differences in efficiency of hardware and virtual servers showing relevance to SoftArc A detailed discussion of the differences in efficiency of hardware and virtual servers showing relevance to SoftArc A good discussion of the differences in efficiency of hardware and virtual servers showing some relevance to SoftArc An adequate discussion of the differences in efficiency of hardware and virtual servers showing some relevance to SoftArc An inadequate or incomplete discussion of the differences in efficiency of hardware and virtual servers showing little or no relevance to SoftArc
    2.2 Points to consider when deciding to virtualise (10 marks) A thorough discussion of the points to be considered in deciding when to virtualise a hardware server
    A detailed discussion of the points to be considered in deciding when to virtualise a hardware server
    A good discussion of the points to be considered in deciding when to virtualise a hardware server
    An adequate discussion of the points to be considered in deciding when to virtualise a hardware server
    An inadequate or incomplete discussion of the points to be considered in deciding when to virtualise a hardware server
  2. 1 Differences: VM and Virtual Appliances (10 marks) A thorough description of the differences between a VM and a virtual appliance A detailed description of the differences between a VM and a virtual appliance
    A good description of the differences between a VM and a virtual appliance
    An adequate description of the differences between a VM and a virtual appliance
    An incomplete or inadequate description of the differences between a VM and a virtual appliance
    3.2 Virtual App firewall evaluation (20 marks) A thorough discussion of the advantages and disadvantages to be considered in deciding to use a virtual appliance firewall in SoftArc
    A detailed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages to be considered in deciding to use a virtual appliance firewall in SoftArc
    A good discussion of the advantages and disadvantages to be considered in deciding to use a virtual appliance firewall in SoftArc
    An adequate discussion of the advantages and disadvantages to be considered in deciding to use a virtual appliance firewall in SoftArc
    An incomplete or inadequate discussion of the advantages and disadvantages to be considered in deciding to use a virtual appliance firewall in SoftArc
    Presentation Marks will be deducted for poor presentation, spelling and/or grammar mistakes.
    Referencing Marks will also be deducted for NOT providing / following the proper APA style referencing. Referencing should be accurately documented using APA 6th or 7th edition and both in-text citation and bibliographic information are required. (Note that the guide for APA referencing is provided in the Resource section of the ITC314 Interact site)

PRESENTATION
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The report should be submitted as a single MS Word document with all images embedded in the document.

Submissions in in *.zip, *.rar or any other format will not be marked.

The report presentation structure is:

Cover page

Title of Report
Student Name and Student ID
Student Email address
Main Report
This section should contain main body of the report. It should discuss all tasks / challenges asked in the case study. You should have sub-sections that answers each task. Support your answers with solid literature (in-text citations), diagrams and figures (if applicable). All diagrams and figures must have an appropriate caption.

Reference List
You must cite your references using the APA 6th or 7th edition referencing style for all material you have used as sources for the content of your work.

Glossary (optional)
A glossary should assist the reader in understanding any technical terms used in the report. Use a generally accepted source for the definition of the terms and include appropriate referencing.

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