IT 4234 – Datacenter Management

(previously Network Operating Environments)

Course Description

This course covers datacenter infrastructure and management including technologies such as: virtualization, networking, server consolidation, green IT computing, and network storage configurations. Using virtualized platforms (hypervisors), various server, networking and infrastructure configurations are deployed, analyzed and managed. A number of server operating systems are deployed, administered and managed via remote locations. Best practices for security policies of cloud resources including permissions, privileges and server management are analyzed and performed.


A ‘C’ or better in CISM 3134 – Data Communications.
A ‘C’ or better in IT 2333 – IT Infrastructure

Course Outcomes

On completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe virtualization technologies and datacenters
  2. Deploy, secure and manage hypervisors and virtualized servers,
  3. Design and maintain network operations in virtual and wired LAN environments,
  4. Formulate and plan green IT computing datacenters,
  5. Design, analyze and manage clusters of resources,
  6. Formulate and propose best practices for permissions, privileges and remote server control across datacenters,
  7. Describe network storage technologies and protocols
  8. Perform group presentations on technical subjects,
  9. Work in project teams to install, administer and upgrade hypervisor and various server operating systems,
  10. Analyze common problems in network operating environments and construct practical software/hardware solutions,
  11. Analyze and differentiate between IT industry-specific certifications.

Rationale for Inclusion

This course is intended for those specializing in Telecommunications and Networking.  It builds on the network courses and will allow students to link their knowledge of networks to operating systems.  The course contributes to the following program outcomes:

  1. Demonstrate expertise in the core information technologies
  2. Identify and define the requirements that must be satisfied to address the problems or opportunities faced by an organization or individual
  3. Identify and analyze user needs to design effective and usable IT-based solutions and integrate them into the user environment
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of best practices and standards and their application to the user environment
  5. Identify, evaluate and use current and emerging technologies and assess their applicability to address individual and organizational needs
  6. Create and implement effective project plans for IT-based systems
  7. Work effectively in project teams to develop and/or implement IT-based solutions
  8. Communicate effectively and efficiently with clients, user and peers, both orally and in writing
  9. Demonstrate independent critical thinking and problem solving skills
  10. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technology on individuals, organizations and society, including ethical, legal and policy issues
  11. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for continued learning throughout their career
Department of Information Technology • P.O. Box 8150 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460 • (912) 478-4848