Virtualization Technology


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 have been advised to retire most of their old physical servers and start moving their operations onto a virtual platform hosted in-house (on premise). You have been employed to advise the board on various aspects of virtualisation.

Your Report

You are to consider how to implement a virtual infrastructure for the company and prepare a report for the board of SoftArc. Your report should include:

1) one-page executive summary,
2) Your proposed virtual infrastructure for the data centre. This is to include:
1.Which virtual technology (VMware, Hyper-V, Citrix Xen, etc) you recommend being deployed, along with your detailed and referenced reasons for that recommendation,

2) A discussion of the technical infrastructure proposed including:
a) Number and type of hosts required including CPU, RAM and internal storage requirements
b). Host clustering requirements and number of VMs expected to be hosted on the cluster,
c) Storage requirements (external to servers), including how this storage will be presented to VMs,
d). Additional network requirements to support this infrastructure.

3)A discussion of how you would deliver virtual desktops to all users using the new infrastructure.

4)Your designs for:
1)Data and configuration backup,
2)Disaster recovery.

5)Any Information Security changes required and the steps required to implement/monitor these changes.

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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.
be able to identify and evaluate the requirements to create a virtual infrastructure.
be able to analyse the requirements for management of a virtual infrastructure.

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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

Executive Summary
This section provides a brief overview of the scenario, reasoning/findings and concluding remarks on your findings. It must be no more than 1 page in length

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 a sub-sections that answers each task. Support your answers with solid literature (in-text citations), diagrams and figures (if applicable).

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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