VBM674 - Cloud Computing and Virtualization (Spring 2020)

Lecturer: Dr. Fuat Akal

Lectures: Wednesdays, @18:15 (D5)

Office Hours: Open door policy


Course related news will be announced here. Please check this page regularly.

Course Description:

The course educates participants about cloud infrastructure, service models and, aspects and use of cloud computing with regard to Big Data processing. The course covers technologies required to build classic (traditional), virtualized, and cloud data center environments. These technologies include compute, storage, networking, desktop and application virtualization.


Prior to attending this course, participants should have basic understanding of computer systems and databases. Hardware related topics will NOT be covered in depth. That is, knowledge/experience in storage and network infrastructures will be an advantage, but it is NOT a must.

Course Work:

Lectures will be conducted in Turkish in the classroom. Course materials will mostly be in English. Attendance and involvement in the classroom are highly encouraged but NOT mandatory. Both will be rewarded (%10) while grading though.


The lecturer principally does not let a student fail, as long as she/he tries enough. There will be a written examination (40%) and a project work (50%). As the project work, every student is supposed to present a topic/paper(s) in the classroom (30%) and deliver a project report at the end of the semester (20%, which will be proportional to what you got from your presentation.). What will be presented by students will be consulted with the lecturer first and then decided.


The schedule is tentative for the moment.

Week # Date Title Slides
1 26.02 Introduction  
2 04.03 What is Cloud Computing?  
3 11.03 Classic Data Center  
4 18.03 Virtualized Data Center  
5 25.03 Cloud Computing: Characteristics, Models, Economics and Benefits  
6 01.04 Desktop and Application Virtualization  
7 08.04 Semi Structured Data: XML Technologies  
8 15.04 Business Continuity in Virtualized Data Center  
9 22.04 Student Presentations  
10 29.04 Student Presentations  
11 06.05 Student Presentations  
12 13.05 Student Presentations  
13 22.05 Student Presentations  
14 27.05 Student Presentations  


The course webpage will be updated regularly throughout the semester. All other course related communications will be carried out through Piazza. Please enroll it by following the link: https://piazza.com/hacettepe.edu.tr/spring2020/vbm674.

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